Thursday, July 23, 2009
WIN office opens in county
By BARRY BURLESON
Holly Springs is host to the first E-WIN Job Center Access Point in North Mississippi.
It will be housed on the Rust College campus and operated in partnership with the DeSoto County WIN (Workforce Investment Network) Job Center in Southaven. Betty Yates will operate the local office, now located in a small white house behind the David Beckley Conference Center.
“The big plus is that residents will have access to this office five days a week,” said Bill Mims, supervisor of customer operations for the Mississippi Department of Employment Security. “We have seven or eight of these access points in South Mississippi but none in North Mississippi.
“We are excited about the opportunity of being back in Holly Springs. It’s obviously a good thing.”
State representative Kelvin Buck was instrumental in landing the WIN office.
“Thanks to everyone who got the ball rolling and helping with this project,” Buck said.
“With a WIN center you have the credibility and professionalism when it comes to establishing job opportunities. This is a very important step for Marshall County, becoming a part of the network of WIN centers.
“This will give our citizens access to all information that might be out there to help get them back into the mainstream of employment.”
He particularly thanked Yates for her efforts.
David Beckley, president of Rust, said the college has been concerned about the need for providing these services.
“It’s an outreach project for us,” Beckley said.
Mayor Andre’ DeBerry praised the collaborative effort in landing the E-WIN Job Center Access Point.
“Obviously, this will be a big help to the city and county,” DeBerry said. “It will improve our potential for bringing employment to the area.”
He said the employment services offered will complement what’s going on at the city’s technology center.
“This will help make sure our residents have opportunities when it comes to jobs,” Buck said. “No doubt, our community will be better off.”
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