Core Services

CityLink Core Services:

The most essential components to moving a person from poverty to economic stability are found in the Core Service Areas of Education, Employment, and Financial Education.   Clients are asked to engage in one of the following Core Service Areas to participate in the full service offerings at the CityLink Center. Visit Supporting Services to review what programming clients can take advantage as they work on their goals in their Core Service area(s).

Education:  Advance your life through learning

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Cincinnati Public Schools provides adult education ranging from GED classes to college preparation.  Students can enlist to pursue their GED through class instruction and study tables. College and Career Readiness (CCR) prepares GED and High School graduates for higher education and employment by preparing for placement tests and certification programs.  CCR provides the opportunity for students to upgrade academic skills, gain a better understanding of college and work culture, and enhance technology skills.

Providence Reading Essentials Program (PREP) is a basic literacy program. PREP teaches people to read who want to enrich and improve their lives. Learn to read with a private tutor in a warm and supportive class.  PREP is a community engagement program of Providence Extension Ministries, Inc.

Per Scholas LogoPer Scholas prepares clients for the CompTIA A+ certification through an accelerated, full-time 8-week technical training course, and is designed for unemployed and underemployed adults who are committed to beginning a career in IT support.  PerScholas also offers a Quality Assurance track in partnership with Thrive, this 8-week course prepares individuals for a career in software testing.  Students can also pursue advance certificates (Network+) through Saturday classes.


Employment: Start a new job and launch a new career

New CincWorks LOGO large (1)Cincinnati Works’ mission is to help willing and capable people living in poverty achieve economic stability through employment. Cincinnati Works is not a placement agency or temporary service. They help you gain full-time employment to achieve economic stability through:

JumpStart – focuses on: skills to obtain employment (Applications, References, Interviewing) and keeping a job (Commitments, Attitudes, Employer Expectations, Problem Solving, and Conflict Resolution).   The workshop helps identify strengths, skills, and qualifications for desired position.

Job Search– Members learn how to search for jobs independently along with the assistance of Cincinnati Works staff and volunteers.  Partnerships with over 70 employers in the greater Cincinnati area that provide job leads for entry-level positions paying between $8.00 and $11.00 an hour (or more).  Cincinnati Works helps connect Employers and Members, but Members are ultimately responsible for applying and interviewing for these jobs.

AdvanceYou – Available for clients who have a job but want a better job.  Assistance is offered in pursuing career advancement opportunities through skills training, accessing higher education, development of specific interpersonal skills or obtaining a driver’s license and transportation.

Financial Education: Master your money and your financial future

SmartMoneySmartMoney Community Services is a program of CityLink Center providing economic education, empowering families to achieve their financial goals while enhancing the quality of life in our community.  Financial Education services include a wide range of SmartMoney Workshops covering topics ranging from basic budgeting, understanding credit, debt, loans, savings, investment opportunities and more.

SmartMoney also offers 1:1 Financial Counseling providing personal financial support with our Certified Financial Education Counselor. SmartMoney also helps qualify and prepare clients to purchase vehicles from supporting partner ChangingGears. Financial education is designed to equip participants with the knowledge and tools necessary to achieve economic stability.