We’re excited to unveil our innovative Digital Works program that will help connect people to twenty-first century workforce opportunities while spurring community revitalization.
Today, Connected Nation and our Connect Ohio subsidiary will hold the grand opening for the first Digital Works center, located in Zanesville, Ohio at the Muskingum County Business Incubator. The program provides mentoring and training to workers seeking employment and places them in quality teleworking jobs.
Initial communities have been identified for expansion of the program and Connected Nation plans to establish as many as 10 new centers by the end of 2013. New communities are being sought for inclusion in the program, based on available community resources. The Zanesville location has already placed over 40% of the initial trainee class, and expects 100% placement by the end of June.
The Digital Works program creates jobs in areas facing high unemployment by leveraging broadband technology for call center and IT outsourcing. Extended training is available to produce HTML programming, and other technical positions as well. The program is providing an avenue communities to create a job incubator, retaining workers in the area and attracting corporate jobs while providing a pathway for improving a worker’s competitive advantage in the twenty-first century workforce with specified coursework and training.
At the end of training, workers are placed in available positions that match their skills and interests. All jobs pay above minimum wage and the training provides opportunities for placement at levels for upward mobility. This is work that can be done from home or at the Digital Works center, which is provided through a partnership with the community. Jobs are readily available for qualified applicants and it is expected that up to 100% of trainees will be employed immediately after training is complete.
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