Connections, Belmont College now partners

ST. CLAIRSVILLE – Belmont College and Belmont County Connections announced a newly formed partnership Monday, holding a signing ceremony on campus. The new partnership, is designed with the purpose of better serving employees and employers with workforce needs in the area.

“We are excited about our new partnership because we are expanding the opportunities for business and people needing workforce assistance.” said Belmont College President Dr. Joseph E. Bukowski. “What has traditionally been offered by the local Workforce Invest Act offices will now allow us to provide a ‘no wrong door’ approach to our services.” he continued.

The alliance comes in the anticipation of the changes Gov. John Kasich is proposing during this year’s biennial budget process. Belmont County Connections is operated under the direction of the Belmont County Department of Job and Family Services. Now, in the future, Belmont College can play a bigger role in assessing interested residents with job readiness and career planning by matching workers with businesses easier and more efficiently.

Belmont County Connections Director Dwayne Pielech noted the governor is attempting to streamline various workforce programs throughout the state. Pielech points out this is a forward thinking step in the same direction. He also added supplementary funding for the county workforce from the new Business Resource Network grant.

“We have a great working relationship with Belmont College and with this new partnership, we will better serve employers and potentials employees, ” Pielech said. “This announcement has taken several months of meetings to finalize and should serve as a model for others to follow.”

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