Wednesday, March 14, 2012

City’s Second Workforce Development Share Site Opens in Church Hill

The City’s second Workforce Development community share site opened today at the East District Family Resource Center. Mayor Dwight C. Jones, City Councilwoman Cynthia Newbille, and Director of Economic and Community Development Lee Downey opened the site with a brief ribbon cutting ceremony.

The share site is the second joint Workforce Development Center in the city of Richmond and will offer services and resources to city residents to better prepare and search for jobs. The first share site at Fifth Street Baptist Church opened in October 2011. The center will partner with RESOURCE, the Capital Region Workforce Investment Board, to teach classes on résumé writing, interviewing and networking skills. Trained volunteers will staff the center and serve as career agents and job coaches for interested residents looking for work.

“We recognize that many of our residents with the greatest needs cannot easily reach these services,” said Mayor Jones. “Share sites serve our communities where the residents live by providing local services and a gateway to access the resources and services of the regional workforce system. This share site is one step closer to building a workforce system that is responsive and serves all of our residents.”

The Workforce Development Center, located at 2405 Jefferson Avenue, is open on Wednesdays and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.