Athens County Job and Family Services

The Work Station
70 North Plains Road, Suite C
The Plains, Ohio 45780
(740) 797-1405
Fax: (740) 797-3105
TTY: (740) 797-2817



Apply for job training assistance

Athens County residents who are unemployed or underemployed may be eligible for a free program that can help them find new jobs and enroll in job training courses.

The Workforce Investment Act (WIA) program, which is funded by the federal government and is based at The Work Station, is designed to help area residents move into long-term jobs. The WIA program is currently looking for adult dislocated workers who would like assistance with enrolling in job training or educational programs.


All training programs must result in a certificate or degree and cannot take more than two years to complete. In addition, all participants must have a high school diploma or GED and must pass reading and math assessments. Individuals who already have their associate’s or bachelor’s degrees are not currently eligible for assistance with job training. Some WIA program participants may also be able to receive assistance with transportation costs, childcare expenses and housing.


The WIA program is available to dislocated workers who meet the following criteria :
- Adults who have been terminated or laid off from their jobs.
- Homemakers who are no longer supported by a family member’s income and now are unemployed or underemployed.
- Formerly self-employed individuals who are now unemployed due to changing
economic conditions or due to natural disasters.
- Individuals who worked for a business or organization that has closed or significantly downsized.


The Work Station also has additional programs to help all area residents search for jobs, earn their GEDs, prepare for job interviews, put together resumes and take other steps to help them find work.


To apply for the WIA program, contact Kim Hobbs at The Work Station in The Plains by calling 797-1405 or send an e-mail to