Excitement was in the air as with any ribbon cutting; however, the opening of the Oneonta Career Center last Thursday was especially exciting. Located in the Wallace State Technical Facility at 728 Second Avenue East, the Oneonta Career Center will provide much-needed services for both local businesses seeking qualified workers and individuals searching for employment.
The opening of this facility has been a multi-year process involving a partnership of the Alabama Career Center System, Wallace State Community College, the Blount County Economic Development Council, the City of Oneonta, and the Blount County Commission.
Many guests were present for the opening including Oneonta Mayor Richard Phillips, Alabama Department of Labor Secretary Fitzgerald Washington, WSCC president Dr. Vicki Karolewics, Probate Judge Chris Green, and employment service director Robert Brantley.
“We are really excited to have a presence here on the campus of Wallace State Community College,” Washington said. “This makes 153 career centers we have around the state. We offer a plethora of resources both for the job seeker and the employer, so if you are a job seeker who needs help with building a resume or learning interview skills training, we can help you.”
Alabama’s network of career centers and satellite offices are strategically located throughout the state. Job search and development, occupational and educational training, vocational rehabilitation, veterans’ services, and unemployment insurance information are offered.
Employers work with local centers to locate employees with specific skills. The goal is to consolidate delivery of services at a single location. Many centers are electronically linked with partner agencies, such as the Alabama Departments of Labor, Human Resources, Rehabilitation Services and Education, the two-year college system, and others.
The Oneonta Career Center is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.