About Us

Overall Focus
To connect businesses and job seekers with the necessary resources and tools for gainful employment which will allow businesses to become competitive in the global marketplace.

Our mission is to bring together local business, labor, education and citizens to assess and develop the workforce and training needs of county employers and job seekers in order to improve the economic future and quality of life for residents and businesses and the state of Ohio.


Area 19 in the Ohio Workforce System consists of three counties:  Ashtabula, Geauga and Portage, located in northeastern Ohio.  Ashtabula County’s northern border is Lake Erie and its eastern border is the state of Pennsylvania.  Geauga is contiguous to Ashtabula on its eastern border and Portage is contiguous to Geauga from its northern border.

The total population of Area is 345,700 persons and the area of the three counties is 1600 square miles.  All three counties have been known as rural counties, however, in the last two decades, Portage and Geauga have seen tremendous residential growth.  All three counties are expecting additional population growth over the next 20 years.



ACJFS Ashtabula County Job & Family Services
ASPIRE Adult Basic Literacy Education
ADA Americans with Disabilities Act
AG Assistance Group
CAA Career Advancement Accounts
DLW Dislocated Worker
EFT Electronic Funds Transfer
ERI Employment Retention Incentive
ETP Eligible Training Provider
FSS Family Employment Supportive Services
FY Fiscal Year
GCJFS Geauga County Job & Family Services
HB House Bill
ISS Individual Service Strategy
ITA Individual Training Account
LEO Local Elected Official
LMI Labor Market Information
MOU Memorandum of Understanding
ODJFS Ohio Department of Job & Family Services
OJT On-the-Job Training
OMJ  OhioMeansJobs
OTAP Ohio Transitional Assistance Program
ORC Ohio Revised Code
ORSC Ohio Rehabitation Services Commission
OWD Office of Workforce Development
OWF Ohio Works First
PCJFS Portage County Job & Family Services
PRC Prevention, Retention & Contingency
PWC Portage Workforce Connection
PY Program Year
RFP Request for Proposal
RMS Random Moment Sample
SA Senior Aide
SFY State Fiscal Year
SYEP Summer Youth Employment Program
TAA Trade Adjustment Assistance
TABE Tests of Adult Basic Education
TANF Temporary Assistance for Needy Familes
UC Employment Compensation
VET REP Veterans Representative
WARN Worker Adjustment Retraining Notification
WEP Work Experience Program
WIOA Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act
WDB Workforce Development Board