May Programs for Job Seekers at the Washington County CareerCenters Bookmark and Share

May 1, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 1, 2014 Contact: Nichole Jamison, Washington County CareerCenters, 255-1900; Julie Rabinowitz, Communications Director, Department of Labor, 621-5009

WASHINGTON COUNTY––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.

“Our unemployment rate is falling and our businesses are hiring,” said Governor Paul R. LePage. “If you are searching for work but haven’t been getting interviews, I encourage you to contact a CareerCenter for free help in improving that resume and practicing job interviews. CareerCenters will help you be in the best position to take advantage of our economic growth.”

To learn more, like the Washington County CareerCenters on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/Washington-County-CareerCenters/606111642755982 . The following workshops and programs will be held at the indicated CareerCenters. All events require pre-registration in person or by phone.

Free Labor Law Class – May 8, 9 a.m., Machias CareerCenter Presented by the Maine Department of Labor for businesses, this session will cover general labor law topics including poster requirements, minimum wage, overtime, equal pay, personnel files, termination requirements, child labor laws and work permits. An introduction of CareerCenter services to businesses will also be covered. To register call Thomas Brown at 592-2051.

Essentials of College Planning presented by MEOC – May 5, 10 a.m., Machias CareerCenter This workshop will survey the basic steps for successful college enrollment. The session will discuss college and trade school options in our region, entrance requirements, readiness and transitional issues of adult students, admissions procedures and financial aid. During the session we will review a typical admissions application, request admissions materials and financial aid information from prospective colleges for each participant, and, if appropriate, will complete the financial aid form.

This session is designed to set the stage for future enhanced workshops or individual counseling sessions. Participants should bring 2013 1040 tax form (or income estimates for 2013) and any high school/GED and college transcripts. To register for a MEOC Workshop call 1-800-281-3703.

GATEways to Employment: Group Access to Employment Session – May 7, 2 p.m., Calais CareerCenter and May 22, 9 a.m., Machias CareerCenter Is your job search in need of a boost? Are you looking for a way to stand out to a potential employer? Is your job search in need of a boost? Are you looking for a way to stand out to a potential employer? Do you want to have a significant advantage over other job seekers in today's competitive job market? Then GATEways to Employment is a great opportunity! Come and share your ideas and experiences with other job seekers, increase your job search success, gain insight on the latest job search techniques and maximize your potential. The CareerCenter is here to help you find your key to success! To register call Michelle at 1-800-292-8929.

The CareerCenters, located at 53 Prescott Drive, Suite 1 in Machias and One College Drive in Calais, is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. More information is available on the CareerCenter website, http://www.mainecareercenter.com .

Maine CareerCenters are an equal opportunity provider. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.

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