12 20 2014
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Laid-off workers in Clackamas County qualify for free help in their efforts to find a job. The Workforce Development program at Clackamas Community College serves residents from every corner of the county. Job seekers can find fast, easy access to a team of professionals who are eager to provide a customized package of employment services to laid-off workers.
"There are still spots available in this year's program," says Catherine Nopp, director of the Workforce Development program. "We are issuing another invitation to any person who lives or works in Clackamas County and has been laid off from their job. There are resources available to help you return to work."
Job seekers can start by attending a one-hour no-obligation information session. Sessions are offered every Monday at noon in the Community Center on CCC's Oregon City campus.
"Job seekers will quickly be connected to a work-force specialist to determine your eligibility for these free services. Our program moves fast," says Bryan Fuentez, a staff member in the program.
The Workforce Development program serves hundreds of job seekers each year from all backgrounds. The program helps job seekers with resumes, cover letters, interview preparation, company information, job search strategies, job leads and self-marketing. Computer training and short-term job skill training is also available.
"Whatever a job seeker needs to return to work – we can do it," Nopp said.
Last year the program brought more than $2 million of federal assistance into the county. Working closely with the Clackamas County Employment Department and One-Stop Resource Center, the program connected local businesses with qualified job seekers.
Most dislocated workers are employees who suffered a layoff. But there are others who may also qualify.
Nopp explains, "We serve homemakers returning to work, veterans finishing active service, and workers leaving a dying industry. The program prepares residents for high-demand jobs in health care, trucking, retail, manufacturing and other occupations."
Help also is offered to individuals who are currently working but need a boost into a better job.
To reserve a spot, call Bryan Fuentez at 503-657-6958, ext. 2316, or send e-mail to bryanf@clackamas.edu.

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