Dayton – Amy Matney is fueled with a passion to help others find their passion.
The veteran career and workforce development specialist spearheads an innovative Career Readiness Workshop for individuals who receive food assistance. The four-day program helps participants, identify their strengths and talents, and encourages participants to seem employment. The workshop is one of the services offered by Matney’s Omnicom Solutions Group, and it represents the key reason why the 1986 Miamisburg High School graduate has made inspiring others to find their niche her avocation.
“In many cases, people who are on the food assistance program and any form of government assistance fall into survival mode and lose track of who they are and what they can be,” Matney said. “In the Career Readiness Workshop, we not only teach work ethic skills and job preparation instruction, but we also explore each person’s interests, perceived challenges and goals, and help them recognize their potential. Helping people gain confidence and start in the right direction to pursuing a rewarding career is gratifying and keeps me motivated to positively impact as many individuals as possible.”
After seven years as an admission representative with Miami-Jacobs Career College and seven years as an education consultant with New Horizons Computer Learning Center, Matney spent a year with the State of Ohio as an employment specialist. Then she received a phone call from the owner of Omnicom, who she had teamed with on multiple workforce development projects.
“He said that he wanted to retire, and asked if I wanted to own a business,” Matney recalled. “I didn’t hesitate because, with Omnicom, I am able to implement ideas and strategies to help a wide range of companies and individuals, and I had long felt an entrepreneurial spirit.”
Matney is focused on expanding Omnicom’s Career Readiness Workshop to county and city governments across southwest Ohio. Her company also provides a range of career and workforce training and development for city, county, state and federal government agencies as well as major employers like Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, AK Steel, Premier Healthcare and OhioMeansJobs. The training Matney facilitates for individuals on the food assistance program, and employment training for young men and women between the ages of 16 to 24, is especially meaningful because it has a direct effect on their lives and the communities where they live.
“People who are truly interested in what they do for a living are often more productive members of their communities, and they feel a sense of pride that positively shapes who they are, which in turn provides a positive influence on their children,” Matney said. “Some people know from an early age what career path they want to follow, but some people either lack the confidence and/or direction, and just need guidance to get where they want to be and can be.”
Matney’s ultimate objective is to develop customized training solutions to increase productivity and marketability for organizations and individuals. Overall, Omnicom Solutions Group. Implements workforce instruction focused on Information Technology, Cyber Security, Office Productivity, Professional Development and Soft Skills training in the private and public sectors.
This summer, Matney expanded Omnicom’s menu of services by offering CyberSAFE, an end-user cybersecurity training course and corresponding assessment developed by Logical Operations with the goal of helping organizations combat cybersecurity threats through educating end-users.
End-users play a critical role in protecting an organization’s data, but often times, they are the weakest link in the security chain. In fact, according to Reuters.com, end-user awareness and training reduces security-related risks for organizations by 45% to 70%. Logical Operations’ new CyberSAFE instructor-led training curriculum, available now through Omnicom Solutions Group, enables employees of any organization to identify many of the common risks involved in using conventional end-user technology, as well as ways to use it safely to protect themselves and their organizations from those security risks. The CyberSAFE training program, delivered in a half-day or less, is designed for non-technical end-users of computers, mobile devices, networks, and the Internet. This course will also prepare students to earn their Certified CyberSAFE credential.
“CyberSAFE helps employees and organizations learn how to use technology more securely to minimize security risks,” Matney said. “The addition of this training is part of Omnicom’s strategy to offer a diverse set of training programs that address today’s advanced technology.”
Yet another of Matney’s interests is her role as a certified facilitator with the Cost of Poverty Experience, a joint initiative between the CareSource Foundation and Think Tank. COPE offers participants a glimpse into the lives of low-income individuals and families in the region. The program details the obstacles that are faced, the decisions that are made, and the consequences that impact these families every day. COPE was co-designed with low-income individuals who have shared their story so that participants could gain greater understanding. Many organizations and communities across the nation use COPE to work more effectively with low-income families to understand and address the issues of poverty more comprehensively.
“Recognizing the challenges that families living in poverty face from their perspective contributes to understanding the importance of career development training. A family cannot get out of poverty without parents who have jobs that generate enough income to be comfortable, and providing those individuals with the tools, the motivation and the guidance to find lasting employment is something that is beneficial for everyone.”