Montgomery County launches Mobile Workforce Unit for community outreach

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Montgomery County will be increasing its community outreach to get people to work with a new Mobile Workforce Unit. The new vehicle, a 38-foot Freightliner coach outfitted with state-of-the-art technology, will carry the county’s Workforce Development services out into the communities.

The 2019 tornadoes spurred the project into action, as Montgomery County leadership recognized the need to increase outreach efforts.

“This vehicle will allow our workforce development professionals to go outside the walls of The Job Center and take our services directly to those who need them,” said Montgomery County Commissioner Judy Dodge. “We are doing this because we are committed to investing in our residents. This vehicle represents that investment. We want everyone in Montgomery County to have the opportunity for a fulfilling career.”

The Mobile Workforce Unit will serve as an extension of the workforce services already available to Montgomery County residents at The Job Center on Edwin C. Moses Blvd. in Dayton. Those services include providing job opportunities, training grants from the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, and workshops to help people build resumes, search for jobs, and improve interviewing skills.

The Mobile Workforce Unit was funded through a grant from the State of Ohio’s Rapid Response funding, which helps workers get back to work quickly. That grant funded $386,298 for the vehicle’s construction.

“This will allow our team of workforce professionals to meet with more people and provide opportunities,” said Garth McLean, Interim Director of Workforce Development with Montgomery County. “This Mobile Unit will help more people find training and job opportunities to get on a solid career path.”

Montgomery County’s Workforce Development Department is currently working on plans to use the vehicle to reach underserved populations in the county. The project is part of Montgomery County’s larger strategic initiative to build a strong base for future economic success.

For more information about the services offered through the Workforce Development Department, visit www.thejobcenter.org or call (937) 225-5627.