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Employment / Job Training

Delaware Area Career Center (DACC)

Offers programs for both high school students and adults to improve skills so they can be better prepared to enter the workforce and advance within the workforce. Works with the community to increase critical thinking, create leaders and learners.
North Campus: 1610 State Route 521, Delaware, Ohio 43015
(740) 363-1993
South Campus: 4565 Columbus Pike,  Delaware, Ohio 43015
(740) 548-0708

Alpha Group

Provides vocational training, job development and employment skills to those with a variety of disabilities. Assists individuals with disabilities and barriers to employment obtain and maintain positions to lead to successful employment.
Delaware: 1000 Alpha Drive, Delaware, Ohio 43015
Lewis Center: 6580 Columbus Pike, Lewis Center, Ohio 43035
Westerville: 5991 Chandler Court, Westerville, Ohio 43082
(740) 368-5820

Alvis House Community Reentry Program

Participants develop skills and access resources that will result in a successful transition to the community from the prison or parole system. Services include education, life skills, career training and case management.
2100 Stella Court, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 252-0660 or (614) 223-1499


AmeriCorps is a work program for adults age 17 and older that helps pay for college. AmeriCorps members tutor kids, build homes and work on various projects full-time or part-time over a 9 to 12 month period or during the summer in many locations throughout Ohio and the US. In exchange for their services, participants receive money to pay for college or help pay back student loans.
51 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 493-2755 or (800) 942-2677

CAP4Kids Resources for People with Disabilities & Special Needs

Are you looking for job programs for youth and adults with special needs and disabilities? Find resources in the special needs section of CAP4Kids by clicking below.
Go to CAP4Kids Special Needs Page

Central Ohio Workforce Investment Corporation (COWIC)

Free extensive one-stop employment services for young and old, working and unemployed. Services include walk-in access to a career resource room, job fairs and job postings. They also offer free support in preparing career planning, academic and skill testing, hands-on computer classes, GED preparation, creating resumés and cover letters, preparing for interviews and more.
1111 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 559-5052

City Year Columbus

City Year Columbus is a division of AmeriCorps. City Year brings together youth ages 17 to 24 from diverse backgrounds for a demanding year of full-time community service and leadership development. Participants work in local schools and may receive education awards, scholarships and paid stipends.
88 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 586-4540 or (614) 586-4520

Columbus Public Health (CPH) Job Help List

Click below to find a helpful up-to-date list of job programs and resources in the Columbus area.
240 Parsons Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 645-6450

Columbus Urban League (CUL) Career Services Department

For those who are new to the workforce, unemployed, looking for a better job, seeking a fresh start, or just wanting to start a career, free programs are available. They offer assistance with resumes and online job applications, job placement, employment counseling, summer programs and internet access. Programs are offered for youth (age 14 and older) and adults. CUL is dedicated to empowering African Americans and people from disadvantaged backgrounds. They offer scholarships for vocational training and free help finding a job.
788 Mount Vernon Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43203
(614) 257-6300, ext. 106

Community Kitchen

Free breakfast and lunch is served Monday through Saturday.  Call for serving times. All are welcome. They provide families of Southeast Columbus with referrals to community agencies at their family resource drop-in center on Tuesdays through Fridays.  Provides many services and has a ‘no questions asked policy.’ They provide bus passes for transportation to a new job or confirmed medical appointments and referrals to other community agencies. They also provide food to the homeless and work to prevent homelessness.
640 South Ohio Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 252-6428 ext. 240

Eastland-Fairfield Career & Technical Schools

Offers free programs for high school juniors and seniors at more than 15 school districts in central Ohio. They offer job training, career programs, college prep classes, GED classes, ESOL training and help finding a job. They also offer free summer camps for students in grades 6 to 8 explore career options. They also have options for students with special needs.
4300 Amalgamated Place, Groveport, Ohio 43125
(614) 836-4530 or (614) 836-5725

Franklin County Department of Job & Family Services (JFS)

Provides information about health insurance coverage, food assistance, cash assistance, health care, job training, child care and much more. Offers several food programs, including the Ohio Direction Card / EBT (formerly known as food stamps). Individuals can apply for Medicaid at their local Opportunity Center, based on where they live. Each center serves certain zip codes. People outside of Franklin County should visit their local county Department of Job and Family Services. Refugees and immigrants can apply for services as well.

  • East Opportunity Center: 1055 Mount Vernon Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43203
    (614) 212-1993
  • Northland Opportunity Center: 1721 Northland Park Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43229
    (614) 233-2851
  • West Opportunity Center: 314 North Wilson Road, Columbus, Ohio 43204
    (614) 233-2912

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Godman Guild Career Services

Offers free job training, free information sessions, help finding a job, computer classes and free babysitting during their one-week job readiness class. They have a walk-in computer lab to help with job searches, and they sponsor hiring events with local employers.
303 East Sixth Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43201
(614) 294-5476

Godman Guild KEYS Program & Pathways to Work

KEYS is a summer work internship program for youth ages 14 to 24. Participants experience Work Readiness training and are then placed into paid internships with area employers. Internships last 6 to 8 weeks.

The Pathways to Work Program is for anyone over age 18 that is transitioning to full-time employment. Soft-skills and professional development training is provided.  Participants must first enroll in the Godman Guild’s Economic Empowerment class in order to be in Pathways to Work.
303 East Sixth Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43201
(614) 294-5476

Goodwill Columbus Work & Activity Services

The New Generation Work & Activity Services program provides unique and varied opportunities for individuals with developmental disabilities between the ages of 18 and 44.  The program is designed for individuals who have an interest in learning work skills. Participants also partake in art, health and wellness, and a variety of activities in community settings including volunteering, recreation and leisure, and community awareness.
1331 Edgehill Road, Columbus, Ohio 43212
(614) 583-0354 or (614) 583-0293 TTY

IMPACT Community Action

Provide case management services, emergency assistance services, financial services, computer literacy and workforce development programs for a diverse group of people.

  • Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) helps households prevent energy service disruptions, restore disconnected services, and/or secure seasonal heating and cooling energy needs.
  • The Winter Crisis Program (WCP) serves income-eligible households in Franklin County by providing a one-time payment toward a utility bill if service is in threat of disconnection, is terminated, is new service, or if the service is being transferred.
  • The Emergency Assistance Program provides financial and material support on behalf of customers in crisis situations, including homelessness prevention, home furnishings, and critical transportation needs.
  • Fresh Produce Giveaway Program
  • The HEAP Summer Crisis Program (SCP) provides electric utility assistance and/or free air conditioners and/or fans to income-eligible households Franklin County.
  • Workforce Development/Employment Plus Program provides a five-week training to help dislocated and disadvantaged workers secure and maintain employment.
  • The REACH Program is for ages 16 to 24, who currently are not enrolled in school and are not employed. The program consists of a 10-Week Bootcamp, which will offer program participants paid work experiences, career-specific certifications, work readiness training, computer literacy, financial literacy, life skills and employability coaching.
  • Re-Entry Work Readiness Program teaches critical skills and techniques to ex-offenders who are within one year of release from incarceration.

700 Bryden Road, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 252-2799
HEAP: (866) 747-1038
Emergency Assistance: (866) 747-1040

Jewish Family Services (JFS)

Offers free employment counseling, career coaching, resume writing services and help finding a job. Services are available for all job seekers in Franklin County. They also provide support for those who have lost their jobs or are new to the country and need help.
1070 College Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43209
(614) 237-9675

Lutheran Social Services (LSS) Faith Mission

Provides shelter to men, women and veterans and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner every day of the year to anyone who is experiencing homelessness. In addition, they offer case management, employment assistance and a health center to help clients overcome barriers to self sufficiency.
245 North Grant Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 224-6617

National Center for Urban Solutions (NCUS)

Provides job training, workplace readiness, computer basics, resume writing and career coaching for adults. They also have mentoring programs for youth.
899 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 857-1811

New Directions Career Center (NDCC)

Works with all people over age 18 and specializes in assisting women making career transitions (although they help many men as well). They help people regardless of their ability to pay, and offer free and low-cost monthly workshops open to the public on interviewing skills, financial literacy, how to manage utility bills, understanding credit scores and more. Financial aid scholarships, bus passes and childcare assistance are also available.
199 East Rich Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 849-0028

Ohio State University (OSU) Extension

Offers free money management/financial education workshops, HUD-certified, City of Columbus approved homebuyer education, nutritional education programs (EFNEP and SNAP-Ed); community 4-H Youth Development clubs, school enrichment, after-school and STEM programming for a minimal fee, urban agriculture education programs and more.
Franklin County Office: 530 West Spring Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 866-6900

Ohio Unemployment Benefits

To apply for unemployment compensation, call or go online. Have available your social security number, your driver’s license and information about all employers you have worked for in the past 18 months.
30 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
Toll-free Hotline: (877) 644-6562

Ohio Wildlife Center (OWC)

Internships at OWC are career exploration and skill-building programs in a wildlife education center setting. They work with area schools to schedule volunteer internships of varying lengths during the summer and school year. High school and college students can volunteer for school credit, fulfill community service obligations or learn more about animal-related professions.
6131 Cook Road, Powell, Ohio 43065
(614) 734-9453

Salvation Army Career Enhancement Center

Provides free career guidance for all Franklin county residents, with a priority given to those living in certain zip codes (43203, 43205, 43211, 43222 and 43224). They offer workshops on creating a resume, filling out job applications, networking and interviewing. Walk-in orientation sessions are available on Monday mornings.
966 East Main Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 358-2611

Serving Our Neighbors (SON) Ministries

Provides many free services for children and adults in Columbus, including a free lunch summer camp, a free legal clinic, ESOL classes for adults, and referrals to health services and jobs. They also provide one-on-one homework help and tutoring to children whose parents attend the ESOL classes.
4653 Trueman Boulevard, Hilliard, Ohio 43026
(614) 586-7939

South Side Learning & Development Centers

Offers 30 days of free child care (based on availability) for children ages 6 weeks to 8 years old (6 weeks to 5 years old during the school year) to Franklin County parents seeking employment or in job training programs. They also work with the family to help the parents find employment.
255 Reeb Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43207
(614) 444-1529

TOUCH (Teaching Opportunity Unity by Connecting Hearts)

This program is for low income youth, ages 17 through 21, who have dropped out of school or have graduated high school and need guidance on what direction to head in, such as military, college, trade school, workforce, etc. The program offers educational workforce development assistance, leadership development training and comprehensive counseling. When necessary, participants may also receive access to housing and clothing assistance. TOUCH is an agency dedicated to helping ex-offenders gain the skills and confidence needed to obtain workforce and educational opportunities.  Visit their website or call directly for eligibility and additional information.
37 Robinwood Avenue, Whitehall, Ohio 43213
(614) 338-8733

Youth Build Columbus

Provides full-year job and education training programs and offers hands-on work experience for central Ohio youth ages 17 to 21 who have dropped out of school. Participants can receive their high school diploma while learning residential construction or nurse assisting skills.
1183 Essex Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43201
(614) 291-0805

Word Community Outreach

Word Community Outreach does community outreach and fundraising for those who are in need.  They offer volunteer opportunities for students and others to work within the community.  They also provide helpful tips for families and resources on their website.
2866 Noe Bixby Road, Columbus, Ohio  43232
(614) 823-7333