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Work Experience Program (WEP)

How does WEP work?

Participants in this program are placed with contracted area businesses and organizations in exchange for cash assistance and/or Food Assistance benefits. Required participants are those individuals eligible for Ohio Works First and/or Food Assistance benefits.

The program is designed to increase the employability of participants by connecting them to area employers who can help them build job skills and work experience.

Benefits to Employers

  • Receive skilled, semi-skilled or unskilled labor without payroll expenses, worker’s compensation fees or benefit costs.
  • Create your own job descriptions and work schedules to meet your organization’s needs.
  • Instill positive work ethics in work experience participants.
  • Maintain a collaborative relationship with Stark County Job and Family Services.
  • Utilize work experience as a hiring tool to fill vacant positions.
  • Share in Stark County’s success stories.


We welcome the opportunity to work with all area businesses and organizations. Contact the JOBS Department if you would like to become a part of our team.

The next time you need to increase your workforce, please call us. Our staff is available to you Monday thru Friday, 8:00 a.m. To 4:30 p.m.

SCJFS Work Experience Site Coordinator

Phone: 330-451-8425

E-mail: Stark_WEP_Correspondence@jfs.ohio.gov


JOBS Department

Stark County Job & Family Services

221 3rd Street S.E.

Canton, OH 44702


Stark County Commissioners Executive Director
Stark County Job & Family Services
221 3rd St SE
Canton, OH, US 44702
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