Thursday, June 17, 2010
Job center opening soon
By BARRY BURLESON
A new WIN Job Center, brought about through teamwork, will open this summer in Holly Springs.
Bill Renick, with Three Rivers Planning and Development District, said the center is “very unique – never done anywhere else in the state.”
He was referring to the cooperative efforts of Marshall and Benton counties and the municipalities in the two counties in landing the center.
“This came about because of the efforts of a lot of people,” Renick said. “The supervisors and the municipal officials saw there was such a need for the service that they came together and agreed to help with the funding. It’s the first new WIN Job Center in the state in quite some time.”
The center will be temporarily housed for a few years on the Rust College campus, adjacent to the David L. Beckley Conference Center.
Renick, in addressing the Holly Springs Rotary Club recently, said it will be a “first-class, full-time WIN Job Center.”
“It’s going to be a big plus,” he said.
The Workforce Investment Network in Mississippi is an innovative strategy designed to provide convenient, one-stop employment and training services to job seekers and businesses.
“It is not an unemployment office,” Renick said. “It is a completely different organization – providing services to individuals looking for jobs and to businesses looking for employees.”
For the job seekers, WIN Job Centers offer job search and placement assistance, resume software, interview tips, access to office equipment like computers and fax machines, Internet access for job searches and resume posting, labor market information, career and aptitude assessment and much more.
For businesses, WIN Job Centers offer recruiting and screening of job seekers, posting of job openings, job fairs, office space for interviewing and more. Renick said the Holly Springs center will also have a computer training lab available for computer classes and pre-employment testing.
The center will be operated by the Mississippi Department of Employment Security and Northwest Community College.
Renick said one of the reasons the state decided to put a full-time WIN Job Center in this area is “because of the future economic development opportunities.”
“You have a very strong economic development organization going – something to be proud of,” he said. “Marshall County is positioned to have a bright future.”
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