About Us

The South Central Ohio Workforce Partnership serves as the Area 20 Workforce Development Board. The Board is responsible for setting goals and priorities for the Area and the disbursement of funds for the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). Area 20 is comprised of Fairfield, Hocking, Pickaway, Ross, and Vinton Counties. The Partnership sets policies on how funding is used for Adults, Dislocated Workers, and Youth that are eligible for WIOA funds. This funding is used for training and placement of individuals with local employers.

Fairfield County’s Economic and Workforce Development Department serves as the administrative and fiscal agent for the Board. Fairfield County Job and Family Services is the operator of the Ohio Means Jobs Center for Fairfield County, Pickaway County Job and Family Services is the operator of the Ohio Means Jobs Center for Pickaway County, and South Central Ohio Job and Family Services is the operator of the Ohio Means Jobs Center for Hocking, Ross, and Vinton Counties. They also serve as the career services providers for each county.

Youth Services Providers

Fairfield County

BSSI Lancaster
714 S Ewing Street, Lancaster, Ohio 43130
740-475-1700

Functional Training Services
2644 Kull Road, Lancaster, Ohio 43130
740-653-4763

Hocking County

Hocking Athens Perry Community Action (HAPCAP)
Kathleen Vanderaart – 740-385-6813 x 2240
kathleen.vandervaart@hapcap.org

Pickaway County

Pickaway Ross Career & Technology Center – Game Plan
Debbie Wipert – 740-642-1200 x31277
deborah.wipert@pickawayross.com

Ross County

Pickaway Ross Career & Technology Center – Game Plan
Debbie Wipert – 740-642-1200 x31277
deborah.wipert@pickawayross.com

Vinton County

Buckeye Hills Adult Career Center – Viking Venture
Terri Prater – 740-596-8085
terri.prater@jfs.ohio.gov

Employer Services

The South Central Ohio Workforce Partnership offers a variety of FREE services and resources to employers in the area. Click here for a list of some of the services and resources that can be provided.

Julie Kellough - Employer Services Representative

Julie has several years of experience working in workforce development. Her experience includes a background in private industry human resources and a bachelor’s degree from John Carroll University in industrial/organizational psychology. Julie has also worked several years in local public service workforce development, including managing various career and technical training programs and a variety of other workforce initiatives and programs. Julie’s combined experience with private industry and public service workforce programs provides for an understanding of employer needs and the local and state resources available to them. Julie participates in several local workforce related organizations, including the South Central Ohio Human Resources Council, Pickaway WORKS, and the Rickenbacker Employers Assistance Network.  Julie is available to assist employers with their hiring and workforce needs by acting as a liaison between employers and the Ohio Means Jobs Centers in Fairfield, Pickaway, Ross, Hocking, and Vinton Counties.

To contact Julie, please call or email at:
740-701-3369 – jkellough@scoworkforcepartnership.org

Rick Szabrak - Executive Director

Rick Szabrak is the Director of Economic and Workforce Development for Fairfield County. In this role he also serves as the Director of the Fairfield 33 Development Alliance and the Fairfield County Port Authority. He has worked on numerous workforce development and education initiatives in Fairfield County with a focus on manufacturing careers. His office serves as the administrative and fiscal agent to the Area 20 Workforce Development Board in which Rick is Executive Director. His responsibilities in this role are to help develop workforce strategies and provide guidance to the area Ohio Means Jobs Centers. Rick previous worked for Gannett newspapers where he held various leadership positions including publisher of the Lancaster Eagle-Gazette and Chillicothe Gazette. Rick has a Bachelor’s of Science in Finance from Miami University and an MBA from Northern Illinois University.

To contact Rick, please call or email at:
740-652-7162 – rick.szabrak@fairfieldcountyohio.gov

Angel Conrad - Fiscal Specialist

Angel Conrad is the fiscal specialist for the Area 20 Workforce Development Board. She is responsible for oversight of financial procedures for the Board. Angel also provides administrative support to the Board. Angel is the fiscal specialist for Fairfield County Economic and Workforce Development where she coordinates finances for the county’s Revolving Loan Fund, the Fairfield 33 Development Alliance, and other programs to help further development in Fairfield County. Angel has an accounting degree from Ohio University Lancaster and has previous experience in banking and other administrative roles.

To contact Angel, please call or email at:
740-652-7161 – angel.conrad@fairfieldcountyohio.gov

Customer Testimonails

You guys have been great to partner with and helping to promote Cintas and our brand for job opportunities in Fairfield County.

Ashlee Gates Cintas Lancaster
Customer Testimonails

Ohio Means Jobs, Fairfield County has been instrumental in assisting Acloché with finding good associates to meet our client’s needs... It is difficult to find skilled candidates for many of the job opportunities we get, so having this extra resource has been invaluable in the search for qualified associates.

Jesse Blevins Acloche
Customer Testimonails

Ohio Means Jobs was one of my first contacts when I started working in Circleville. I’m very thankful to have them in the community as a resource because they’ve been a tremendous asset to me as I’ve worked to develop relationships, hire employees and establish a competitive wage structure.

Amy Parsons Sofidel America