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Central Ohio Workforce Investment Corporation

Meet Aaron

Workforce Challenge

Aaron Seymore was released from prison in 2008. He moved to Columbus and immediately heard about Central Ohio Workforce Investment Corporation's (COWIC's) Work Place Central One-Stop. "I made that place my office," he said, "because I didn't want to sit wallowing in my position as an ex-offender." At COWIC, Aaron learned to research jobs and submit applications online. He took the work readiness workshops to improve his computer skills and develop a resume, but he still had that label as an ex-offender and could only find temporary work.

Workforce Solution

After being laid-off from a temporary landscaping job, Aaron came back to COWIC to continue his job search. But this time, he learned of the Sherwin-Williams Homework Painting Program, which includes classroom and work readiness training, hands-on instruction, and EPA certification in lead paint removal. Aaron met with COWIC's employment relations team and was accepted to the program which he completed. Aaron says with the Sherwin-Williams Homework Painting Program, he shifted from just looking for a job: he was building a career.

Outcomes & Benefits

Aaron gained the knowledge and confidence to begin his career. He currently holds a full-time position with benefits at a local construction/home building company. He was able to get his family out of a hotel and into permanent housing, and now feels reconnected to the community. "Now, when I approach an employer, I have the skills, something to offer," Aaron says. "I learned that finding a job is not just about chasing a pay check, but building relationships."

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