Employment & Training

Who We Serve

We believe that everyone has contributions that are valued in all workforce industries. Many people need support in obtaining and maintaining long-term employment in jobs in which they have interests and skills. The reasons people need support vary, but include physical disabilities, mental illness, intellectual disabilities, developmental disabilities, substance use disorders, socio-economic barriers, and those who are justice system involved.

Employment and Training Programs and Services

OWL offers a variety of programs and services geared toward helping people obtain and maintain long-term successful employment in a completive, integrative workforce. We assist individuals in discovering their strengths and developing their skills to prepare for employment. We connect our individuals with employers offering jobs meeting their individual employment goals and look for the best possible match for job seekers and employers alike. Because our emphasis is on the person as a whole, we also connect those we serve to needed wrap-around services and provide support on the job, as required, to help them maintain their employment.

At OWL, we know the path to success looks a little different for everyone. That is why we offer individualized programming, one-on-one support, and a diverse range of services.

Vocational Rehabilitation

OWL is a Community Service Provider of the KY Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR). Participants will have diverse opportunities to work with an OVR counselor and an OWL employment coordinator to discover the best job match for them, develop employability skills, be connected to community services and employers, and supported in maintaining employment. The following are services offered upon referral from the KY Office of Vocational Rehabilitation.

  • Vocational Assessment and Evaluation
  • Employment
  • Training/Certifications

Workforce Connections

Workforce Connections is a training and employment program to assist individuals in obtaining skills and connecting to employment. Participants will have the opportunity to discover career opportunities, gain new skills, connect to community resources and jobs, and obtain support in maintaining employment.

Interested participants may choose from five different training/certification tracks:

  • 1
    Career Exploration and Workplace Essential Skills/Kentucky Essential Skills Certification (KESC)
  • 2
    Customer Service Representative Training/Certification (CSRC)
  • 3
    Manufacturing Production Work-based Learning and Forklift Certification
  • 4
    Fast-Track Forklift Certification
  • 5
    Skilled Trade Academy

SNAP Employment and Training Program (SNAP E&T)

SNAP Employment and Training is a program for SNAP recipients to develop skills leading to long-term employment in their field of interest. Services are provided through a contract with the Department of Community Based Services. The purpose is to provide services for those on the SNAP E&T program, which are required by DCBS to participate in job/workplace essential skills training or employment 20 hours per week.

Trainings and Certifications

  • Forklift Certification
  • Customer Service Certification
  • Skilled Trade Academy
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