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June 11, 2003


Announces Expanded Hours at One-Stop Career Centers


WORCESTER – In a bid to help find jobs for the unemployed, Governor Mitt Romney today announced expanded hours of operation at the Commonwealth’s 33 One-Stop Career Centers.


Romney noted that the Massachusetts unemployment rate has dropped slightly to 5.4 percent, but said he will not be satisfied until “we get that number down to a much lower level.”


“Ultimately, the only way for us to get the Commonwealth back on track is to find a job for every citizen who wants one,” said Romney, after a tour of Workforce Central Career Center, which is operated by the Division of Employment and Training in partnership with the Worcester City Manager’s Office of Employment and Training. “Extending the hours of operation for all of the One-Stops will help us achieve that goal – one person and one job at a time.”


While at Workforce Central Career Center, Romney appeared with Amy Donahue, Edward Harley and Wilberth Mora, all former job seekers who utilized the job search and assistance services available at Workforce Central to find employment.


Donahue, of Worcester, came to Workforce Central while she was receiving public assistance. After utilizing many of the center’s career planning services, she found a position with Westside House Nursing Center as an activities coordinator.


Harley, who had relocated to Worcester from North Carolina, obtained an engineering position at American Superconductor Corporation after using the resources at Workforce Central.


Mora, of Worcester, who was laid-off in March 2003, found a position at Midland Farms as a recruiter. In this position, he has the opportunity to use Workforce Central to find qualified employees.


“These are just a few of the success stories occurring throughout the state,” said Romney. “As we actively work to bring new businesses to the local regions, we will effectively assist these career centers and make the Commonwealth a leader in job creation and economic growth.”


Starting the week of June 16th, the Commonwealth’s 33 full-service career centers will be open late two nights a week instead of closing at 5 PM each evening. Workforce Central will now be open until 7 PM on Mondays and Wednesdays.


At the centers, job seekers can access career planning and resume development services, referrals to job training opportunities, job search workshops, job postings on the Internet, labor market information and use of personal computers. Employers can take advantage of customized services including personnel recruitment, market job vacancies to qualified job seekers, access to occupational wage data and information on tax credits and workforce training funds.


Romney pledged his support to all Massachusetts’ citizens looking for a job.


“We must do whatever we can to set the stage for job growth and economic prosperity,” said Romney. “The work being done at these career centers will enable more people to look for work and get the tools they need to get their lives back on track.”


Additional information on the state’s One-Stop Career Centers can be found on www.detma.org.



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