School will help pair workers with companies

CHAMPION – The Trumbull Career and Technical Center Adult Education Center has been certified as an adult testing center, making it one of only 11 in the state, it was announced Tuesday.

Dora Zandarski, TCTC training coordinator, said acceptance into the University System of Ohio Talent Development Network (USO TDN) brings the center into a network of schools that offers assessment and job-matching services.

”Our association with the USO TDN will give us access to the best job-matching services for our students and employers,” she said. “With access to this network, our students will be better able to take charge of their own job and career directions.”

The USO TDN is a statewide work force development system run by adult career centers and public two-year colleges.

TCTC currently tests for clients such as Starr Manufacturing, Ohio Star Forge, Harbison Walker and Champion Schools, and Zandarski said the certification could also help attract more employers.

Vicki Thompson, TCTC Adult Education Center director, said the designation also will let people earn certifications and credentials onsite.

TCTC Superintendent Wayne McClain said the testing, which is open to the public, will help determine which jobs will be a good fit for people.

”It is our mission to keep Trumbull County working. It is our job is to help people get employment,” he said.

Sarah Boyarko with the Regional Chamber said the chamber is working on future business opportunities and that having a skilled work force is essential.

”For this center to be one of only 11 sites to receive this accreditation speaks volumes of this organization in preparing quality skilled people for the work force,” Boyarko said.

She said a majority of the manufacturing opportunities include the welding and automotive industries.

Dale Foerster, vice president of Starr Manufacturing, said the company has worked with training and educational organizations in the area, including TCTC, and it can be difficult to find the person with the skills the company is looking for.

State Rep. Tom Letson, D-Warren, referred to the new program as ”a matchmaker program.”

”This is the beginning or more utilization of adult career centers in helping us match people with good job and sustainable employment,” Letson said.