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Feb. 24, 2006

Career Center Invites Job Seekers and Employers to March 16 Open House

Do you need a computer with Internet access for your job search?

Are you wondering which local employers are hiring in Oswego County?

Have you been laid off and need to change careers, but don't know where to start?

People can get information about the local employment scene and learn about the programs offered by the Oswego County Career Connection Center at an open house from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, March 16.

Located in the County Branch Office Building, state Route 481, Fulton, the center now offers services through the state Department of Labor in addition to the county Division of Employment and Training. Visitors will be able to tour the facility, look at job postings, talk to agency representatives, and learn how to upgrade their computer skills.

"The Career Connection Center partners with Oswego County Opportunities, Oswego Industries, Cayuga Community College, Oswego County BOCES, the Department of Social Services, Experience Works, and Vocational Educational Services for Individuals with Disabilities (VESID) to help job seekers," said Frances Lanigan, Oswego County Commissioner of Social Services. "Visitors may use the computer lab to develop a resume, upgrade their skills, and use phones, faxes, copiers and other office equipment for their job search activities."

The office is a "one stop" system for both employers and job seekers. Career counseling is available for those who are looking for jobs or thinking about a change in careers. People can also get help writing their resumes, learn about on-the-job training opportunities, and find out if they're eligible for training scholarships.

Lanigan said area employers use the center for recruiting, interviewing, screening and other business services.

For those just entering the work force, the career center offers occupational skills testing and training, work experience opportunities, employment counseling, and tutoring to help eligible young people stay in school. There are several programs that are designed to help low-income youth earn their GEDs and learn the skills needed to enter the workforce.

Staff members will be present at the open house to answer questions and make appointments for job search activities.

For more information, call the Career Connection Center at 591-9000.

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