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June 17, 2005

Career Center Hosts Open House June 28

FULTON - County residents who are looking for work, thinking about a career change, and people who are facing a layoff have a variety of options and services available to them through the Oswego County Career Connection Center. The Career Connection Center, located on the first floor of the County Branch Office Building, 200 N. Second St., will host an open house from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 28.

The New York State Department of Labor, Oswego County Opportunities, and Cayuga Community College will also provide information about their services at the open house.

The Career Connection Center offers a wide range of services to job seekers as well as area businesses. Job seekers can get help with their resumes, employment counseling, and take part in employment-related workshops. Depending on the circumstances of the job loss, they may be eligible for vocational scholarships, job training, and Trade Act benefits through the center.

"With plant closings and lay-offs making the national headlines on a daily basis, issues of job security and downsizing can be stressful for everyone," said Judy McManus, senior employment specialist for the Career Connection Center. "Over the past few years Oswego County residents have been impacted by lay-offs and plant closings at Nestle, SONOCO, Carrier Corporation, Felix Schoeller Paper, Oneida Limited, and Constellation Energy. We recognize that finding the right job, or the right employee, is hard work."

Last year the center helped more than 270 customers find jobs.

The center is considered a "1-stop shop" because people can receive information about benefits through the Department of Labor and other partner programs. Work force partners include the Department of Labor, Cayuga Community College, Oswego County Opportunities, Career Employment Services of Oswego Industries, Oswego County departments of Employment and Training and Social Services, Oswego County BOCES, and the Vocational and Educational Services for Individuals with Disabilities (VESID).

"The center helps businesses by recruiting, screening and referring job applicants for employment, posting job openings, and providing on-the-job training and customized training opportunities. The center also provides space for employers to hold on-site recruitments," said Christine Weaver, Coordinator of Client Services "We've worked with about 40 businesses in Oswego County. They include Hutamaki, Novelis, Cam's New York Pizzeria, Black-Clawson, Fulton Tool, Interface Solutions, Adecco, and First Choice staffing."

The center offers a "surviving a layoff workshop" to help workers adjust when lay-offs do occur.

"Last year we had more than 7,000 visits to the career connection center," McManus said. "We invite folks who are unemployed, as well as those who are thinking about a change in careers, to stop by and see the services that we provide."

The Career Connection Center is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and is open until 7 p.m. on Thursdays. For more information, call 591-9000, or visit the Web site at www.yourcareerconnection.org

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