Wayne County Common Good Linkage Team

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Wayne County Common Good Linkage Team
Formation 1995; 26 years ago (1995)
Type Non-profit government organization
Purpose To build a public employment services network with a mission to reduce the barriers to employment for their shared and chronically unemployed or underemployed clients by improving information sharing, providing access to an inter system network of needed employment assistance programs, and building working linkages with business-industry-and employers.
Services The services provided by the members include: veterans services, disability services, mental health and addiction services, basic education and literacy, library based employment/employers information, community development, employment and training services, career development, technical skills training, and older worker services.
Leader Robert Smedley
Board of directors Robert Smedley, Richard Owens
Subsidiaries Healthier Buckeye Council and Women's Empowerment Group
Affiliations Wooster Area Chamber of Commerce, Orrville Area Chamber of Commerce and the Wayne County Economic Development Council
Volunteers 16 various community agencies

Historical Overview[edit | edit source]

The Wayne County Common Good Linkage Team is an informal network organization with 16 volunteer member community organizations. The Team established itself in 1995 to build a public employment services network with a mission to reduce the barriers to employment for their shared and chronically unemployed or underemployed clients by improving information sharing, providing access to an inter system network of needed employment assistance programs, and building working linkages with business-industry-and employers. It developed a process for sharing files and co planning on employment related issues. It is a collaborative planning and action mode, built on the following collaborative principles

Timeline[edit | edit source]

  • 1905 - Established

Inclusiveness Program Developments need to be shared within the business of the Common Good so those members can be advised and make all necessary responses, either publicly or privately prior to the onset of any contracting.

Mutuality Initiatives that can be undertaken by the Common Good as an organization (with every member who would chose to participate, participating).

Well-Being Initiatives that are being undertaken by solely by one member, which may have effects on other members, should be done to protect the well-being of the other

The mission statement of this model is: 1) Reduce the barriers to employment for their shared and chronically unemployed or underemployed clients by:

  • Improving information sharing,
  • Providing access to an inter system network of needed employment assistance programs,
  • Building working linkages with business-industry-and employers

The services provided by the members include: veterans services, disability services, mental health and addiction services, basic education and literacy, referral for skill set evaluation and required training, community development, employment and training services, career development, technical skills training, employment supports and readiness training library based employment/employers information, and services for a wide variety of disabled and barriered workers.

In 2004, the county commissioners of Ashland, Wayne and Holmes Counties designated the Common Good of Ashland, Wayne and Holmes Counties designated the Common Good as the (RAC) Regional Advisory Committee to the Workforce Policy Board of the Ashland, Holmes Wayne Ohio Means Jobs One Stop service delivery system. Since its inception, the Common Good has: developed motivational workshops and an employer, employee mentoring program; partnered with local investors in assisting with the Hope Fund held a Lean manufacturing demonstration with the Will Burt Company in Orrville, Ohio conducted eighteen community job fairs; a Women’s empowerment grant from the Wayne County Community Foundation and is currently working with the Wayne County Economic Development Council and the Workforce Innovation Network for the purpose of helping with the development of workforce pipelines for local industry. The Wayne County Commissioners resolved in October of 2015 that the Common Good take on the responsibilities of the Wayne County Ohio Buckeye Council. The Common Good Linkage team meets monthly. Interested service providers and members of the public are always welcome.


Common Good Linkage Team[edit | edit source]

Agencies[edit | edit source]

Initiatives[edit | edit source]

  • Job Expo

Services[edit | edit source]

  • ACT COMPASS Placement Exam
  • Adult and Continuing Education
  • Career Clothing Center
  • Computer Training
  • Distance Learning
  • Employment Services for Disabled
  • Externships (Community Work Experience)
  • Financial Aid for Career Training
  • GED Exam Preparation
  • Higher Education
  • Interview (Techniques)
  • Job Coaching Services
  • Job Search
  • Life Skills
  • Networking
  • Resume Development
  • Scholarships
  • Technical and Trade Schools
  • Transitional Employment
  • Vocational (Career Information)
  • Workforce Skills
  • WorkKeys Exam Preparation