Grit Ohio


The GRIT Project (Growing Rural Independence Together) is a collaborative approach to build a high-demand workforce and stimulate economic growth. The coalition leverages local, state, and federal dollars by bringing organizations together such as OhioMeansJobs (OMJ), common pleas and drug courts, K-12 school systems, community colleges & universities, economic development agencies (JobsOhio/APEG), Ohio Department of Jobs & Family Services (ODJFS), drug treatment providers, businesses, and other not-for-profit agencies. With a focus on developing local solutions, we’ve proven that together, remarkable things happen!

The initial GRIT effort focused on the 5 Ohio counties of Adams, Brown, Highland, Pike, and Scioto. The project has since been expanded to include Clermont, Lawrence, Gallia, Jackson, Ross, and Vinton.

The GRIT Project includes students and adults on this journey to uncovering financial independence through jobs. Each participant begins with a career assessment and then a 1 on 1 coaching session with a career specialist. Through these conversations, a plan is developed to enroll in work skills training, if needed, and then to identify jobs, either in-person or work-from-home.

We recognize that access to the internet might be an obstacle. We are working on that too! Through ongoing negotiations, local job centers will be opening soon. Designed to provide a place to work with high-speed internet, GRIT is committed to making remote work a possibility for the region. So, what are you waiting for? Get started today!


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