Workforce (original draft)

Finding a stable job that pays a decent wage can be extremely difficult, even for the most qualified applicants. However, finding employment with minimal job experience, a lack of marketable skills, or a criminal record can seem impossible. Through CAA’s Workforce Development programs, individuals who experience these barriers to employment can receive the education, training, and assistance they need to earn a decent wage.

Cincinnati Manufacturing Certificate Program (CMC)

CMC program provides a 140 hour Manufacturing Skills Standards training. This course equips students with a Production Technician Certification and improves their skills and knowledge for work in the manufacturing industries.

Adult Education

Adult Basic and Literacy Education (ABLE) Services: CAA provides classes to help adults enhance their basic academic skills such as reading, writing, and math. Each participant’s course of study is customized to the individual’s academic strengths and the areas in which they need improvement.

GED Preparation Services: CAA can help individuals enrolled in the ABLE classes to work towards their GED (high school Graduation Equivalency Diploma). Having a GED opens doors to employment, vocational training, and college. Participants in the GED Preparation program follow a specialized course of study based on their individual needs and complete practice tests to assist in passing the actual exam. When participants are ready, CAA will assist individuals in making the arrangements necessary to take the test, including scheduling and transportation.


In addition to other criteria, to be eligible to participate in CAA’s ABLE or GED programs, individuals must:

  • Be a resident of Hamilton County
  • Be 18 years of age. Sixteen and seventeen year olds may participate if they have officially withdrawn from high school and have an Age and School Certificate (work permit)

ABLE and GED classes are held on Mondays and Wednesdays from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Classes run during the regular school year only, approximately following the Cincinnati Public School System’s schedule of holidays and summer break.

Computer Training

CAA provides free basic and intermediate computer training classes in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.  Traditional classes are available, as well as online classes. Through these courses, participants can enhance their current computer skills or gain new skills in order to improve their career opportunities.

Online computer classes provide students with an opportunity to learn computer skills at their own pace, with the benefit of both online learning and the traditional classroom experience. Online classes take place in the CAA computer lab where an instructor is on-hand to answer any questions and provide individualized instruction.


  • Be a resident of Hamilton County
  • Be 18 years of age
  • Household income at or below 125% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines

Employment Assistance

Employment & Training Resources (ETR) Program: CAA’s ETR program helps individuals find long-term employment. Through the ETR program, individuals receive:

  • Help with the identification of strengths and skills to create an Individual Employment Plan
  • Connections to important services such as locating affordable housing and obtaining food and clothing, including professional attire
  • Employment readiness training
  • Job search assistance
  • Interview coaching
  • Be a resident of Hamilton County
  • Household income at or below 125% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines

For information on any of these programs, please contact LaVerne DeArmond at 513.569.1840 x 2423 or