SuperJobs Center Humming Along


Cincinnati Firefighters are recruiting at SuperJobs. Firefighter Brendon Arrick is helping spreading the word.

After a short break, the SuperJobs Center has reopened and is back to helping match local employers with skilled workers who want employment.

On July 1, JFS staff officially took over operation of the SuperJobs one-stop employment center from a private vendor. The center was closed for a week as we made changes and got up to speed, but it is now business as normal.

The SuperJobs Center, 1916 Central Parkway, is a valuable local service that brings together services for job seekers and employers under one roof. It is a one-stop center where job seekers receive job training, career coaching and job leads, while employers can post jobs, have applicants screened and obtain funds to train potential new employees. More than 25,000 job seekers were served in 2011.

JFS, which has always had a really close relationship with SuperJobs, was chosen by the Southwest Ohio Regional Workforce Investment Board to operate the center with an eye toward cutting $500,000 in administrative costs.

Many local residents are unaware of the role the center plays in the area’s economy. Some employers, such as Children’s Hospital Medical Center, rely heavily on SuperJobs to help fill key vacancies. And when a company such as Avon or Jim Beam must shut down part or all of its operations, SuperJobs helps transition, re-train and find employment for dislocated workers.

Our plan is to make the center even more of a go-to source for area employers looking for trained workers. We intend to play a key role in getting this community’s economy rolling again. We will reinvest saved administrative dollars into tangible services such as funding for training and education.


Employment Services Chat Tomorrow

I just wanted to make sure you all knew about our employment services chat tomorrow. I know the economy is still taking its toll on this community.

The chat is an opportunity for job seekers to ask questions about local opportunities, workers to learn about assistance that will help them move up the career ladder and employers to explore what the county’s Super Jobs program can offer them in terms of filling open positions. Kevin Holt, a manager in the county’s Workforce Development section, and Sheila Veits Roth, public relations professional with Super Jobs, will be online from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. to answer your questions.

To participate, visit and click on the link posted under Today at HCJFS.

We hold a chat nearly every Wednesday about one topic or another. Please visit to check our chat schedule.

Live chats with program experts

Thank you very much for taking time out of your busy day to read this blog. The first post drew more than a thousand views and some comments offering support for this method of communication.

As I mentioned in the first post, I want to use this blog as a means to help more people during the economic downturn. With that in mind, I invite you to participate in a live online chat about job services. It takes place 10-11 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 18, on You can ask questions about what is available for job seekers, as well as employers looking to fill job openings.

Last May, we started offering live online chats on the agency’s Web site ( as a way for people to ask questions, share ideas and express concerns.

Since then we have conducted almost two dozen chats on topics such as child support, Medicaid/food stamps/cash assistance, employment services, child care, child abuse and foster care and adoption.

The chats have given us the opportunity to communicate in real time with dozens of customers and people who serve them, such as case managers at social service agencies.

We have found that many people view the chats to learn more, or come back to read the transcript under Today at HCJFS on the Web site.

These chats give us the chance to directly connect our program experts with you. We encourage you to participate!