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JOB CENTER TO FACILITATE HIRING SERVICES FREE, THANKS TO FEDERAL GOVERNMENT.

Byline: Daily News

PALMDALE - An office intended to bring together job seekers and employers has opened in Palmdale.

The South Valley WorkSource Center provides job seekers with access to job leads, computers, fax machines, phones, copy machines and job training.

``The WorkSource Center in Palmdale is a wonderful addition to our growing community,'' Palmdale Mayor Jim Ledford said. ``Having a center with so many services will ease the stress while job searching.''

The center, at 1817 E. Avenue Q, Suite A-12, is open Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Wednesdays from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Through a network of outside partners, the center is designed to reduce unemployment and underemployment by linking job applicants to appropriate careers, providing training in relevant skills and establishing a resource center where people can find new employment opportunities.

The no-cost services are provided to employers and job seekers through the federal Workforce Investment Act.

Business services members can meet with job candidates at the center and pre-qualify individuals before they apply with their company; schedule applicant interviews at the center or at their business; use the center's business room, which is equipped with a fax and computer set up for meetings and interviews; use its classrooms for training; host company orientation meetings for job candidates and/or new hires; and recruit qualified applicants.

There is no fee for businesses.

The city hired Goodwill Southern California to operate the center. Goodwill already operates WorkSource Centers in Los Angeles and El Monte, in addition to a dozen Career Resource Centers.

``Goodwill's core mission is to help people find jobs,'' said Doug Barr, Goodwill's president and CEO. ``By opening up centers such as this, we increase the population we help beyond people with disabilities and vocational disadvantages as well as strengthen Southern California's economy.''

An official grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony for the center is slated for 11 a.m. Nov. 14 with members of the Palmdale City Council and Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich.

For more information, please visit www.cityofpalmdale.org or call the center at (661) 265-7424.
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