VAN WERT — Connect Ohio, a company involved with bringing broadband Internet service and training to the state, is bringing a new program to the Van Wert area which could mean jobs to hundreds of people.

Digital Works is the program that seeks to train people to work from home via the internet. It is a six-week class in customer service training which concludes with the opportunity to accept a job as an online inbound customer service representative.

“This is a really great program to help people get employed,” explained Connect Ohio’s Jeff Beebe. “We’ve had over 70 people across the state working fulltime, parttime, or whatever their schedule is. It’s a really great opportunity for us here in Van Wert County.”

Beebe was in Van Wert this week to present the program to the Van Wert County Commissioners. He said that the program was drawn to Delphos when that city lost a large manufacturing plant.

“We had a great opportunity and made a presentation to them, and they were excited,” Beebe shared. “Digital Works is a great program as far as use of the Internet and a sustainable job creation program bringing technology-based jobs to local communities in Ohio.”

A facility was set up at Delphos Library where people can receive customer service training and soon be able to work from home. Digital Works has been active since last May, but the opening of the Delphos center allows Connect Ohio to claim to have centers open all across Ohio.

The jobs are mostly answering phone lines for companies like Pizza Hut, Allstate, MetLife, and World Wrestling Entertainment and pay on the average $9-$12 per hour.

Those interested must attend an orientation session which is held every Monday at 2 p.m. at the Delphos Public Library. From there, interested workers can see the Van Wert Department of Job and Family Services at (419) 238-4931(419) 238-4931. For more information about Digital Works, see