Open house at job center

Posted: Wednesday, November 15, 2000

The Peninsula Job Center will hold an open house on Thursday, but those attending Tuesday's Soldotna Chamber of Commerce meeting learned a little about the organization from the comfort of their seats at the Riverside House.

Harry Lockwood, a vocational coordinator at the Job Center, was the guest speaker at the chamber luncheon. Lockwood described services the center provides, as well as services the Department of Labor and Workforce Develop-ment offers. The center is a division of the labor department.

Lockwood encouraged business owners to attend the open house.

"It is a lot of information and it is free, of course," he said. "If you get a chance, please stop by and take a look."

Val Ischi of the Job Center said the open house will help community members learn more about what the center has to offer and what developments are taking place in the community.

"The big thing that they're going to get is some insight into what's coming up in the community, with BP and EDD (Kenai Peninsula Economic Development District) making presentations," Ischi said.

"We're going to touch on all of the services that are available here at the center," she added.

A question-and-answer session will also take place.

"I think that's the big thing," Ischi said, "to get people in here to ask questions and learn about the center."

Formerly Job Service, the Job Center, located in the old Carrs mall in Kenai, offers a number of services to employers, employees and those seeking employment. Several services combined to form the Job Center two years ago when Congress passed the Workforce Investment Act, which required job-related agencies to combine.

"We have the employment service, job training, work readiness and public assistance" in the Job Center office, said Val Ischi of the Job Center.

Lockwood said other functions of the Job Center include furnishing information on Wage and Hour Laws, tax credits, on-site occupational training, providing Occupational Safety and Health Administration regulations information and advertising local job openings.

The Job Center offers additional information for job applicants and others seeking employment, such as advice on writing resumes, Lockwood said.

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