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Workforce Development hosts career seminar for area young adults

Posted Mar. 14, 2011

On Monday, March 14, 2011, Kent State University at Trumbull's Office of Workforce Development & Continuing Studies hosted the Warren-based "Step Up" program, a group which features girls aged 16-21 that have shown interest in learning about non-traditional occupations for women.

The visit, made possible by a grant from Hard Hatted Women and the YWCA, covered occupational topics including manufacturing, IT, Green Industry and law enforcement among others.

A Cleveland-based organization, the mission of HHW is to empower women to achieve economic independence by creating workplace diversity in trade and technical careers.

They pursue that mission through the following goals:

  • Encourage and prepare women for nontraditional employment through outreach, education, training, support, and job placement assistance. 
  • Advocate for and implement systems which promote equity in recruitment, training and hiring.
  • Work to eliminate harassment and discrimination against workers on the basis of gender, race, sexual orientation or age.
  • Create equitable work environments for women and minorities through education, training and resources.
  • Advocate for systemic change on issues which impact our region's economy on workforce development issues and economic access on local, state, and regional levels.

Because the vast majority of women they assist are unemployed or low income women in "dead end" jobs, a major result of their work is to assist women and their families to escape the cycle of poverty.

Their youth education programs are designed to counteract the damage to emotional development and self-esteem that poverty can create, at a critical time in a girl's development. Young girls are challenged to develop new areas of physical confidence, expand their math and science skills through concrete applications, and push past preconceived limitations. Girls develop a stronger sense of themselves and their capabilities, learn independence, and see new possibilities for their future.  This makes it possible for them to make different life choices.
 
Since 2007, HHW has been providing services throughout Ohio. In 2009, HHW established its first extension office in Warren in partnership with the YWCA and is in process of doing the same in Lorain County, towards its goal of formally becoming HHW Ohio.