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Looking for a job? One-stop services offered by group of 19 agencies

January 28, 2001|By RUDY YNIGUEZ, Staff Writer

There are good jobs to be had if you know where to look and from whom to seek help.

A good starting place is the one-stop employment services offered by a consortium of 19 government agencies.

The one-stop concept is part of new federal legislation titled the Workforce Investment Act, which became effective July 1. The new law creates the Workforce Investment Board. The WIA replaces the former Job Training Partnership Act.

Under the JTPA the major emphasis and funding was to provide training to only JTPA-qualified participants. The WIA targets the major portion of its services and funding on universal access, that is, to everyone, for certain core services, reserving only a small portion for employment training.

Core services include using job boards and lists, using access to the Internet for job searching, the use of telephones to apply for unemployment insurance, for example.

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"Those core services are available to anyone who walks in the door," said Sam Couchman, director of the county Office of Employment Training.

The county has four one-stop employment centers in operation, including one in Calexico at 301 Heber Ave.

Upon entering one notices the large bank of telephones and computers and a large counter where job-seekers can get help in their job search.

Before services are rendered the applicant must fill out a questionnaire that asks such things as whether the person has the legal right to work in this country, if the person is a veteran, or is disabled.

When the form is completed, the applicant is allowed to peruse the job listings, which Friday included jobs such as computer programmer, computer systems engineer, physician, registered nurse, physical therapist, occupational therapist, phlebotomist, medical assistant, court interpreter, office clerk, administrative assistant, cashier and lots of harvesting of crops.

In charge of the one-stop office in Calexico, which also houses the new state Employment Development Office, is Martha Escobar, the site manager.

Services offered by EDD at the location are agricultural recruitment, migrant/seasonal farm worker outreach, youth employment opportunities program, long-term unemployed and the Internet-based CalJOBS system, among others.

Escobar said employers can access the computer listings remotely to add jobs, and job-seekers can access it remotely to upload their resumés or change them.

The computer job listings are divided by category, including management and administrative; professional, paraprofessional and technical; sales and related; clerical; service occupations; agricultural and forestry and production/construction.

The job listings include local jobs and those in other parts of the state. There are jobs offered by private employers and government agencies. Each job is identified by title, location and pay. By clicking on each title — or following the link — the job description, employer name, required experience, pay level and location of the job can be seen.

Other one-stop employment services offices are located at 2992 S. 4th St., Suite 101, in El Centro; the EDD office in El Centro, 1550 W. Main St., and 350 G St. in Brawley.

For more information on the services offered call the county Office of Employment Training at 337-5000.

Staff Writer Rudy Yniguez can be reached at 337-3440.

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