Employers can learn more at a Jan. 29 event.

One in six Ohioans has a misdemeanor or felony; that’s 1.92 million potential employees who could have trouble finding jobs. Often a job seeker receives an offer and then, following a background check, is rejected.

“Apply, offer, rescind, repeat—it’s a vicious cycle for many,” says John Hambrick, director of business solutions for the Workforce Development Board of Central Ohio. “Yet, I regularly hear from employers who have had great experiences hiring these folks. That’s why we created SCORE Ohio (Second Chance Opportunities for Restorative Employment Ohio) and set out to inform employers about Certificates of Qualification for Employment. CQEs are a stamp of approval from the court system that says the individual is a viable candidate and should receive full consideration.”

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These special certificates, which require vigorous background checks, are designed to increase hiring opportunities for those with a criminal past while providing assurances to employers of the person’s hirability.

Employers can learn more at a morning event Jan. 29 at the Ohio Means Jobs Center, 1111 E. Broad St. Register here.

Melissa Kossler Dutton is a freelance writer for Columbus CEO.