Youth Services - Ages 16-24

Services We Offer:

Preparing our emerging workforce for skilled employment is very important to us at OhioMeansJobs-Wood County.  FREE services are designed to support the youth’s goals, including:


  • Obtaining a high school diploma
  • Training and leadership opportunities
  • Job placement
  • Work experience
  • How to survive on your own
  • Supportive services such as child care and transportation

These are just some of the ways we can help, please feel free to contact either of our Youth program providers at: Wood County Educational Service Center- (419) 490-6812 Judy Steiner

Join our Pre-apprenticeship Program!

What does that mean? Simply a program that teaches basic technical and job readiness skills in preparation to enter a Registered Apprenticeship program.  Our pre-apprenticeship program will  provide classroom training and hands-on labs related to an apprenticeship occupation. It also includes a paid work experience! For more information contact Mary DeWitt at 419-373-6970.

Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) was signed into law as Public Law 113-128 on July 22, 2014.  WIOA supersedes the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 and amends the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act, the Wagner-Peyser Act, and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

The purpose of the law is to:

• Increase opportunities for individuals, particularly those with barriers to employment
• Support alignment of workforce investment, education, and economic development systems
• Provide workers with the skills and credentials to secure and advance employment
• Promote improvement in the structure and delivery of services
• Increase the prosperity of workers and employers
• Increase the employment retention and earnings of participants and the attainment of recognized postsecondary credentials.

Fill out the application to get started and send it to Judy Steiner at jsteiner@wcesc.org.

YEP serves youth by assisting them in developing crucial life skills needed to be successful. We assist youth with setting and achieving educational, employment, and career goals. A wide variety of services are available including credit recovery, individual training and counseling, employment and career workshops, and opportunities for real-life employment experiences with local employers in the community.

Meet Our Team

Judy Steiner, Program Coordinator

Judy has been in the education and administrative fields for nearly 30 years.  She began her career as an elementary school teacher and then became an elementary and middle school principal, director of education, and gifted coordinator.  She has also been a Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring coordinator and taught at the university level.  More recently, she was the project manager for a National Science Foundation grant in partnership with Bowling Green State University and northern Ohio school districts.  Judy holds a K-8 teaching and administrator license, as well as a gifted education endorsement.  She received her master of science degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Dayton.  Since she has dedicated her career to empowering youth and young adults, she is especially eager to serve in this new role.

Katie Throckmorton, Empowerment Project Case Manager

419-354-9010, ext. 303
Katie graduated from Bowling Green State University with a degree in Human Development and Family Studies.  She also holds a minor in Sociology.  She most recently worked for the Lucas County Health Department.  She also has experience working with children and families through the Wood County Educational Service Center, as well as creating youth surveys and informational brochures.  Katie’s interests include digital design and media.  She is looking forward to helping youth and young adults achieve their goals.

Michelle VonLehmden, Specialist

Michelle has worked for the OhioMeansJobs Youth program since August of 2018. She primarily focuses on the intake process as well as following up with participants once they have exited the program. Prior to joining the YEP team, Michelle has worked in different areas of prevention for over 15 years.