January 2, 2013
For Immediate Release: January 2
Contact Information: Julie Rabinowitz, 207-621-5009
SPRINGVALE—Commissioner of Labor Jeanne Paquette announced the promotion of Dawn Self-Cooper to the position of CareerCenter manager at the York County CareerCenter in Springvale.
Self-Cooper has more than 20 years of progressively responsible experience working for the Department of Labor. Her varied career with in the department has primarily been career development and transition counseling. Through the delivery of federal and state training programs, Dawn has guided individual career planning for many youth, dislocated workers and adults facing employment difficulties.
“We are pleased to have Dawn take on the role of CareerCenter manager,” Paquette said. “York County has seen several employment challenges in the past few months. Dawn brings not only strong community connections but also an excellent understanding of our workforce development system to her new position. This will benefit both employers and job seekers in the region.”
Self-Cooper said, “Throughout the years, my work in York County has presented many occasions to share knowledge, teach others and create employment opportunities for members of our workforce. I’m rewarded not only by the work I do but also the opportunity to share in others’ celebrations of success.”
“Moving forward, our Springvale team will continue to deliver quality employment services; we’re committed to providing the extra effort so often necessary in developing prospects for both workers and employers alike. I’m privileged to take lead of such an extraordinary group of workforce professionals.”
Self-Cooper earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from the University of Maine in Orono and obtained her Global Career Development Facilitator (GCDF) credential through the Center for Credentialing and Education. Self-Cooper sits on the Community Education and Career Training Advisory Board for York County Community College and the Board of Directors for both the Sanford–Springvale Chamber of Commerce and the Biddeford Saco Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
Self-Cooper’s position was effective December 24, 2012. She and her husband have four children and one grandchild and reside in Saco.
CareerCenters, part of the Maine Department of Labor, offer a variety of services to help people find employment or upgrade skills. Each center provides several public-access computer workstations with Microsoft Office software, resume writing and cover letter software, Internet access and O’Net software for skills assessment. All CareerCenter services are free of charge.
The York County CareerCenter, located at 9 Bodwell Court in Springvale, is open 8 a.m.– 5 p.m., Monday through Friday and can be reached at 207-324-5460 or 1-800-343-0151 (TTY users should dial Maine Relay 711) or find information online at www.mainecareercenter.com .
Maine CareerCenters are an equal opportunity provider. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.