Mobile Workforce Center Bringing Computers and Internet Access to Job Seekers – American Press

Last week, the Louisiana Workforce Board’s Mobile Workforce Center debuted at the US Region V Employment Center at 2424 3rd St. in Lake Charles. The Mobile Workforce Center is designed to bring computers and Internet access to the job seeker. In Calcasieu parish, the parish with the largest year-over-year job decline of any parish or county in the country – with a loss of 14.9% – could potentially help grease the wheels of the change.

“The MWC has been to various career fairs and community centers across the state since we received it in April,” said Chris Fiore of the Louisiana Workforce Commission. “It’s available free to businesses for large-scale hiring events, Career Day events at schools and universities, and other community events. “

The 2020 Freightliner has been customized by LDV Specialty Vehicles. At 40 feet in length, the MWC is accessible to people with disabilities and equipped with a broadband satellite system and 4G LTE Wi-Fi connection to access the internet anywhere in the state. The MWC is made up of two team members and a driver. MWC specialists have training in workforce development at national and local level. This expertise includes working with employers and job seekers. There are 13 onboard computers that Louisiana applicants and business owners can use to access some of the many manpower resources provided by LWC.

Fiore said MWC will not replace brick and mortar offices.

“This is an additional rapid response tool for the agency to serve employers who have a need for training or hiring, job seekers in rural areas who may have difficulty accessing labor services. work and for partners who could use additional resources, ”he said.

The cost of the MWC was $ 477,938 and was funded by federal rapid response funds.

“The Calcasieu Parish Police Jury is the financial agent for the grant used to administer the services and programs of the American Job Center where the MWC was open to visits,” said Crystal Scott, local coordinator of the American Jobs Center Region 5, which covers six parishes.

This center is a hub for finding employment opportunities, getting help creating a resume, and finding career direction and funding for post-secondary education and short-term certification training. The Lake Charles office is open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and closes at 3 p.m. Wednesday.

“We are not the unemployment office,” Scott said. “You won’t find an unemployment office anywhere in the state. Individuals can use the phone or computer here to contact an unemployment representative, but we don’t have one here.

The Job Center is supposed to be a place to get a high school diploma. It seeks to place people with disabilities. While no staff member can help individuals register for Sowela, they will offer advice including how to apply for scholarships for high demand occupations. They help people aged 55 and over to get a job and those who face barriers such as an ex-offender or lacking skills.

“We can connect people who request our services with other community resources,” Scott said.

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