Career Solutions Center to close again
by Franklin Clark, Reporter -- fclark@cadizrecord.com
Dec 22, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Career Solutions Center, located on Hospitality Lane in Cadiz, will officially close its doors this week, said Sheila Clark, director of the West Kentucky Workforce Investment Board.

“We’ve had a good partnership with the Community College, Trigg County Adult Education, the EDC, and the city and county, among others,” Clark said.

Craig Holloman, WKWIB workforce investment manager, said that most of the people in the area who needed the career center’s services have been helped, either with on-the-job training, enrollment in college classes or other job-related assistance.

Clark said the landlord, Roger Pitts of California, has been very good to them, and that he hasn’t pressured them into leaving the building. She doesn’t know what, if anything, the building will be used for after today.

The Career Solutions Center was originally set to close on Thursday, Sept. 30, this year, and was always going to be a temporary location designed to be more accessible to former employees of Johnson Controls and other plants that have laid off workers or shut down entirely, said Debbie Birdsong, who was the extended campus coordinator for the Cadiz location.

Birdsong added that although it was originally intended to close in April its term has been extended. She now works in the Hopkinsville office.

However, grant money was found that was to allow the center to remain open until the end of the year, Tom Sholar, WKWIB business liaison, said at an October meeting of the Trigg Industrial Managers Association (TIMA).

The center currently helps the unemployed find jobs, helps local businesses find workers and helps unemployed people apply to go back to school to seek a new career, but Sholar said the center also has a meeting room, computers and wireless internet service that are freely available to those that need them.

When the Cadiz location closes, its functions as a way to help unemployed Trigg Countians find more schooling or new jobs and as an unemployment office will be transferred to Hopkinsville and most of the employees will go back to Hopkinsville, although two at the center will be out of a job, Birdsong said.

The Breathitt Career Center in Hopkinsville is located at 110 Riverfront Drive, and its staff can be contacted at 270-889-6509. The West Kentucky Workforce Staff can be reached at 270-886-9484 or at its toll-free number at 1-800-928-7233.

Those with unemployment questions can http://www.oet.ky.gov/des/ui/ui.htm or http://www.kewes.ky.gov, and they can file for unemployment insurance at https://uiclaims.des.ky.gov/ebenefit. They can also call 502-875-0442 or a toll-free number at 1-866-291-2926.

The center has also offered the census test, which about 27 people took, for people that want to work for the U.S. Census Bureau, and there was census training, and census people are still meeting at the center, trying to finish up, Birdsong said.

Some of the people the center has helped have already graduated, with a few going to barber school and beauty school, although most have gone to Hopkinsville Community College or Madisonville Community College, while most are set to graduate in December or next spring, Birdsong said.

Others are training to become automotive mechanics or are training to work with heavy machinery or are working towards a Commercial Driver License, while on the work front, some have been hired by Transcraft and a couple of people are cooks on barge, the local coordinator said.
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