By reaching the Silver level in the state’s Gold Standard rating system, the one-stop and its partners have excelled in nearly every area rated. Only two centers in the state achieved Gold and The Source missed the top level by a single point.
The Source, located Downtown, opened its doors in 2004 and is the home of Lucas County’s Workforce Development Agency. The award from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) is one of many the center has received since opening the doors in 2004.
“I want to congratulate the outstanding staff at The Source for this achievement,” Board President Pete Gerken said. “The work they do is very impressive and they provide vital resources to some of our most under-served constituents.”
Tom Hutter, Program Administrator for ODJFS, originally presented the award at the Workforce Investment Board of Lucas County’s quarterly meeting on April 28.
“This award exemplifies the ongoing success of The Source and what an asset it is for the citizens of this community,” said Commissioner Tina Skeldon Wozniak. “We are pleased with the work that has been done but realize that this is an ongoing effort to help our citizens to gain employment.”
The four levels of achievement are White (Compliant), Bronze (Exceeds), Silver (Superior) and Gold (Exemplary). The criteria for rating the centers included online business surveys and mystery shoppers to determine the quality of the services provided in the one-stop.
The other awards include the 2010 Impact News Maker Award from the Northwest Ohio Black Media Association, the 2008 and 2009 Veteran Service Award from the ODJFS, the 2008 National Employment Service Award from the American Legion, the 2007 One-Stop Customer Service Award from ODJFS, the 2005 Award for Outstanding Service to Ohio Veterans, and One-Stop Certification from the State of Ohio in 2005.