THE OAKLAND PRESS: New range of employment services available at Pontiac’s OLHSA

By Carol Hopkins, The Oakland Press
POSTED: 10/13/15, 8:20 AM

Unemployed people who have a tough time finding transportation, child care or even job uniforms can find help through a new service being offered at OLHSA, the Pontiac-based Oakland Livingston Human Service Agency.

The service, called Community Ventures, is being made possible by grant funding and OLHSA’s official designation as a Community Ventures service provider for Pontiac through the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC).

“Community Ventures are public-private partnerships that promote job creation and career pathways,” said James Durian, MEDC director.

OLHSA officials said they will work to eliminate employability challenges and encourage professional growth.

Participants will also be given career coaching, soft skills training and hard skills training.

“In this new role, OLHSA’s goal is to help Pontiac residents achieve success and fulfillment in their careers,” said Kathie Flanery, OLHSA associate director of workforce development. “Participants will be provided with support and resources that empower them to maintain their employment and flourish within the organization they work for.”

Career coaches will help participants to set goals, build action item lists and identify any hurdles.

Soft skills training will cover topics such as communication, adaptability, problem solving, critical observation and conflict resolution. Hard skills training will consist of typing, writing, math, reading, multi-line phone systems and various software programs.

To be eligible for Community Ventures a person must be a Pontiac resident with a barrier to employment such a resident living below the poverty line, ex-offender or a person with a disability.

Community Ventures partners with Michigan Works, Department of Health and Human Services, and local nonprofits to identify eligible program participants.

Interested parties may upload a resume to the Pure Michigan Talent Connect database and attend an orientation and application session on Fridays at 9 a.m. (excluding holidays) at the Michigan Works office located at 1850 N. Perry in Pontiac.

Once eligibility is approved and a job is secured, participants can begin receiving assistance from OLHSA. Call 248-209-2600.

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