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One Stop job center celebrates one year of helping job seekers

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LAS VEGAS -- A one-of-a-kind organization is celebrating its one anniversary and the 1,000 people they've helped get hired.

Leaders of One Stop say even though Nevada has one of the highest unemployment rates in the country, companies are still hiring. They say learning a skill is the first step to finding a job.

The room is packed with people from organizations like GNJ Family Life Center, Goodwill Career Connections, and the Southern Nevada Regional Housing Authority. They are here to celebrate the anniversary of One Stop.

“We have several different service providers and or training providers under one roof. So someone doesn't have to go all over town, they can come here,” executive director for Workforce Connections Ardell Galbreth said.

Galbreth says the collaboration between many agencies is the key to One Stop's success. He says 1,000 people have landed a job after learning new skills here.

“Some were not able to get back in the skill trade they were in, so they had to do what we call retool their skills some learned new skills,” Galbreth said.

Job seekers can learn resume writing, introduction to computers and digital literacy in One Stop's resource center. It is where Adam Kerrigan with Las Vegas Geeks found one of his favorite employees.

“He started Monday. His work has been great. When my company grows, this is the first place I am going to look,” Kerrigan said.

Many people who go through One Stop's programs are placed with partners in the restaurant industry. Galbreth says his job seekers also have a lot of luck in the health care industry.

“Almost 100 percent of the people that get trained in that area, whether it is a certified medical assistant, nursing assistant or some other health care trade, they are pretty much 100 percent hired,” Glaberth said.

He says it all starts with walking in the door ready to learn.

Galbreth says many people leave training programs and start out making $16 an hour in the health care industry.
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