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Welcome to OhioMeansJobs Portage County


OhioMeansJobs Portage County, the workforce division of Portage County Job and Family Services, is part of your public workforce system and designed to support economic expansion and the development of our local workforce.  We work in collaboration with both state and local partners to offer programs and services that support job seekers with their employment and training needs.  To drive workforce solutions, OhioMeansJobs Portage County focuses on the needs of our other customer-local employers.  All of the programs, services and initiatives offered through OhioMeansJobs Portage County have the goal of connecting job seekers to employers to satisfy their workforce needs. 

The Northeast Ohio Consortium Council of Governments (NOCCOG), serves as the advisory body of Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) funding for Portage, Ashtabula and Geauga counties.  The NOC COG is directed by the Area 19 workforce development board in partnership with county commissioners of the three counties.

In July of 2014, WIOA was signed into law and replaced the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) of 1998.  The purpose of the law was to increase opportunities for individuals, particularly those with barriers, to employment.  It aims as providing individuals with the skills and credentials need to prosper and to secure and/or advance in employment opportunities. Additionally, WIOA mandates alignment of workforce investment, education, and economic development systems and promotes the improvement in the structure of service delivery.   

OhioMeansJobs Portage County Mission Statement:  To develop and strengthen our workforce by empowering and connecting individuals and businesses to collectively grow the economic stability of our community.


Staff Contacts

Name Title Phone
Mandy Berardinelli OMJ - Portage Workforce Administrator (330) 298-4528