Written by: Matthew Anderson
In the summer of 2016, CEOGC introduced M.O.V.E.R.S, their newest Community Action program. M.O.V.E.R.S. stands for Millennial Occupational Vocational Educational Resource Services and targets young adults between the ages 18-24 years of age residing in Cuyahoga County. The six-week workshop shapes and molds individuals in the areas of Technology, Human Relations, and Job Readiness. Upon completion students earn the WorkKeys, National Career Readiness Certification (NCRC) and the IC3 Certification (Microsoft Applications, Living Online (Internet) and Computer Fundamentals). It culminates towards landing a full-time job with various CEOGC business partners.
Tahji Osuji, 19, of Cleveland was one of the seven graduates in the inaugural class. “I didn’t know what to expect when I walked inside for the first day,” Osuji admitted. “I think it turned out great, and I’m so glad I signed up.”
Following completion & graduation from the program, Tahji began his professional career, by landing a job at the area’s newest luxury hotel, The Hilton Cleveland Downtown. There, he is a lead bellman, and assists with customer/guest relations. “Tahji is great, he’s a team player, works hard and always does what is asked of him,” explained Sarah Voloschuk, Director of Front Office Operations Hilton Cleveland Downtown. “We are very happy to have him on our team, and look forward to hiring many more CEOGC customers.”
Tahji works thirty to thirty five hours per week and enjoys every aspect of his job. “I love meeting new people every day and helping them find their way around Cleveland,” he said from his post outside of the main entrance to the hotel. “CEOGC helped me get his job, and I couldn’t be any happier.”
CEOGC is now accepting applicants for the 2017 Young Adult program. Participants must have a high school diploma or GED and meet federal income guidelines to be qualified for the program. “It’s a wonderful program that focuses primarily on our youth,” program coordinator and Workforce Development Manager Creola Rice said. “Tahji is a perfect example of us bringing him into our classroom and providing him the perfect blend of knowledge and soft skills to allow him to thrive in the real world.”