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Board of County Commissioners

Posted on: April 26, 2023

Lucas County Commissioners announce In-Demand Jobs Week 2023 events

TOLEDO, OH – Lucas County is gearing up for In-Demand Jobs Week 2023, which will take place from May 1st to May 5th. The week-long event is a statewide celebration of the jobs, industries, and skills that are in-demand in Ohio. Businesses across the county will have the opportunity to open their doors and showcase the many top jobs, industries, and skills that are available in the area.

Commissioner Tina Skeldon Wozniak said: “This year, we are specifically bringing awareness to the issues of mental health and substance abuse disorders at the Mental Health First Aid Training program. This will offer valuable assistance for employers to learn how to recognize signs and symptoms and become aware of the services and resources available to help employees.”

“In-Demand Jobs Week is an exciting opportunity for job seekers to explore the many career paths available in Lucas County,” Commissioner Pete Gerken said. “This week-long event sheds light on the immediate hiring needs of local businesses and promotes the fastest-growing industries in Ohio.”

“In-Demand Jobs Week provides a wealth of opportunities for job seekers and students to explore rewarding careers,” Commissioner Lisa A. Sobecki said. “From roundtable discussions to employment in the hospitality industry, there is something for everyone during this week-long celebration. Join us and take the first step toward a new career.”

In-Demand Jobs Week is designed to promote Ohio's most in-demand and fastest-growing industries through countywide hiring, education, and training events. Businesses, education providers, community organizations, and more are encouraged to plan unique opportunities that inspire students and job seekers to earn a credential and pursue employment.

The Lucas County Department of Planning and Development is excited to announce three unique events that will take place during In-Demand Jobs Week 2023. These events will provide valuable opportunities for job seekers, students, and business leaders to explore rewarding careers and gain valuable skills.

The Path to Employment Roundtable discussion will take place on Monday, May 1, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Lucas County Shared Services Building, 3737 W. Sylvania Ave. This event will bring together training practitioners from around the Lucas County area to discuss how pre-apprenticeship programs and other training programs can lead to sustainable careers. A panel of experts will share their insights and best practices, highlighting the importance of investing in employees and creating pathways for career growth.

Doni Miller, President and CEO of Neighborhood Health Association, will moderate the roundtable, which will include the following panelists: Lee Daher, Senior Business Representative, Carpenters Local Union No. 351 and Chair of the Lucas County Area 9 Workforce Board; Alexandra Luce, Talent Acquisitions Manager for Mercy Health; Tony Totty, President of United Auto Workers Local 14; and Robert Wagner, Chair of Food, Nutrition, and Hospitality at Owens Community College. 

The Hospitality Career Expo will take place on Wednesday, May 3, from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Lucas County Shared Services Building, 3737 W. Sylvania Ave. This event is perfect for job seekers interested in pursuing a career in the hospitality industry. The morning session, from 9:30 a.m. to noon, will include a customer service training class, followed by a career expo from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Over 20 employers representing hotels, restaurants, and other companies will be present, offering opportunities to connect with industry professionals, learn valuable skills in customer service, and explore the many career paths available in hospitality. Lunch will be provided, giving attendees the chance to network and refuel before hitting the career expo floor. Job Seekers looking to attend either session can register at

The Mental Health First Aid training session will take place on Friday, May 5, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Lucas County Shared Services Building, 3737 W. Sylvania Ave. This event is specifically designed to help business leaders promote mental wellness in the workplace. By building awareness of the prevalence of mental illness and substance abuse disorders, business leaders can better understand the challenges their employees may be facing. Identifying common signs and symptoms of mental health and substance use disorders can help leaders recognize when an employee may need additional support or accommodations. This training session aims to provide information on services and resources that can assist individuals facing mental illness and/or substance abuse challenges. Anyone looking to attend should RSVP with Darlene White at (419)213-JOBS(5627) or at

Don't miss these opportunities to explore rewarding careers and gain valuable information during In-Demand Jobs Week. Register today and take the first step toward your next opportunity.

To learn more about job opportunities, programs, and assistance to gain skills in finding employment, visit


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