2nd Annual Workforce Development Awards Announced

In recognition of Workforce Services Month, Montgomery County Commissioners are honored to announce the 2012 Workforce Development awards. The recipients include two businesses and three individuals who play a successful role in partnership with the county’s economic vitality. 

“Our Workforce Development Division provides crucial job search and training programs that help county residents find their next job opportunity and assist local employers in finding the skilled workers they need,” said County Commissioner Debbie Lieberman.  “Job seekers and employers benefit greatly from the wide range of workforce related services that are offered at the Job Center.”

The 2012 Workforce Services award recipients are:

GE Aviation-Vandalia is part of a world-leading provider of jet engines, components and integrated systems for commercial, business, military and general aviation aircraft.  GE Aviation partnered with Montgomery County to conduct career fairs, specialized recruitment events and utilized the county’s workforce services to recruit and hire 50 employees.

General Pet Supply based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin is a family owned business that distributes over 12,000 products from over 120 different manufacturers to retailers and veterinary clinics. With five well-established branches, General Pet Supply selected Vandalia for its sixth regional distribution center.  The company utilized the county’s workforce services to recruit, screen and hire 50 new positions.

Crystal Heflin of Huber Heights was determined to provide a better life for her four children and took advantage of the Workforce Investment Act Program, which pays for training that can lead to employment and self-sufficiency.  She graduated in 2011 from Sinclair Community College as a registered nurse and two weeks later was hired full-time by Miami Valley Hospital.

Lucas Roberts of West Carrollton and his two children were forced to apply for public assistance when he could not find stable work.  The county’s On-the-Job Training program which offers employers training funds to hire, led him to a full-time human resources position at Valued Relationships Inc., that offers health monitoring solutions to seniors and persons with disabilities or illness.

Shadonyea Driscoll of Dayton is 16 years old and a junior at Dunbar High School.  As a participant in the county’s Youthworks Program, which helps young people find summer employment with local businesses, she landed a part-time job.  She now works for The Clubhouse operated by the Dream Builders Group that provides free afterschool, faith-based programs for elementary children with limited opportunities.

For more information on how the Montgomery County Dept. of Job & Family Services Workforce Development Division assists job seekers and employers, call 225-JOBS or log onto www.thejobcenter.org.


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