Youth and young adults need the skills, training and education to establish and follow their dreams. We are here to help them! In Ohio, youth services are provided under the umbrella of the Comprehensive Case Management and Employment Program (CCMEP) that includes both the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity (WIOA) and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) youth programs.

CCMEP Program

The CCMEP program provides year-round employment, academic, and training services to youth between the ages of 14 and 24. OhioMeansJobs Wayne County and Goodwill Industries of Wayne & Holmes Counties assist youth with barriers to employment by providing resources and support to overcome those barriers and successfully transition to self-sufficient adulthood. 

Youth participating in CCMEP have access to one or more of the following 14 services:

  • Tutoring, study skills and dropout prevention
  • Alternative education
  • Paid and unpaid work experiences
  • Occupational skills training
  • Concurrent education and trainings for workforce preparation and occupational cluster(s)
  • Leadership development
  • Supportive services
  • Adult mentoring for 12 months
  • Follow-up services for 12 months
  • Comprehensive guidance and counseling
  • Financial literacy education
  • Entrepreneurial skills training
  • Informational labor market and employment services
  • Preparation and/or transition activities to post-secondary education and training


Wayne County is an exceptional place to Work, Live & Play. Learn More about what our community has to offer at Work in Wayne.

Apprenticeship, the Other 4-Year Degree

Ohio ranks third in the nation for the number of Registered Apprenticeship programs and fourth nationally for the number of program sponsors. Registered Apprenticeship programs follow an industry-driven training model designed to help employers attract qualified applicants and increase productivity. This model allows businesses to improve the skills of existing employees and quickly boost the productivity of new hires based on national industry standards. For those who want to earn while they learn and acquire qualifications, an apprenticeship program should be considered. Apprenticeships, available in many industries, combine work with structured training and result in nationally recognized skills and experience.

Wooster is home to Ohio's best Apprenticeship Program.