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Roupen Ohanian

  • Employment Services

Roupen Ohanian was a vet looking for a better job.

Roupen Ohanian is a success story due to his outstanding work ethic and demeanor. Persistence and establishing key relationships have been fundamental to his success. Ohanian has been working with and continues to maintain contact with Sean Sims, the Disabled Veterans’ Outreach Program Specialist (DVOP) at the Michigan Works! Monroe Service Center since 2011. As he is a military veteran, Mr. Ohanian shares a unique bond with Sims. That bond also is seen with his connection to the MCETD staff.

Ohanian retired from Chrysler in 2004. In 2011, he met with the Veterans Representative at the Michigan Works! Monroe Service Center for assistance in locating new employment opportunities, preferably in the security industry. He obtained his first position as a security guard in 2011. Through that company, he was placed on temporary assignment at the Michigan Works! Monroe Service Center. It was during this time that Ohanian states, “I was impressed by what I saw in the One Stop Center. The assistance that was given unselfishly to customers, and the professionalism displayed by the staff. This opened my eyes to other opportunities that may be available to me.” Ohanian expressed that while he liked the work he was doing, he was not satisfied, needing something permanent that allowed him to fully demonstrate his work ethics.

Ohanian continued to maintain contact with Sims for job leads, as 18 months had passed since his last assignment. He expressed that he felt his age has been a barrier in obtaining employment. He would receive calls for interviews, but no offers of employment.

On April 22, 2015, Business Liaison Julie Smith received a call from Guardian Guard, seeking assistance in filling a Security Guard position at the Monroe County Courthouse. This individual needed to have experience and possess a CPL (Concealed Pistol License). Smith deferred to Sims on this request; he suggested Mr. Ohanian. Smith submitted Ohanian’s resume to Guardian Guard. He was contacted and interviewed on April, 24th. After successfully completing all requirements for employment, Ohanian began employment on April 30, 2015 as the new Courthouse Security Officer. Ohanian states, “I am so grateful for the opportunity to obtain this position. This is just the type of job and environment that I was looking for.” Apparently, the feeling is mutual, as his supervisor states, “Roupen was able to walk in and be a part of the team right from the start. He has been a positive impact to our team and is always flexible and dependable.” As MCETD staff are employed by the County of Monroe, staff members are able to see the job satisfaction on Mr. Ohanian’s face during weekly trips to the Courthouse for business matters.

Ohanian has recently been nominated by Sims to be on the Local Selective Service System Board for Monroe County. His application has been approved by the Commander of the Michigan Selective Service System. As a member of this body, Ohanian will be tasked with determining individuals to “receive deferments, postponements, or exemption from military service based on the individual registrant’s circumstances and beliefs.”

The MCETD proudly salutes the persistence and integrity that have allowed Mr. Ohanian to be so successful in these endeavors.