Nevada JobConnect Helps Local Unemployed Find Jobs - 8 News NOW

Colleen May, Reporter

Nevada JobConnect Helps Local Unemployed Find Jobs

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(Aug. 27) -- After Sept. 11, Las Vegas took a huge economic hit: several businesses were forced to close their doors, and thousands were laid off. While many people have been hired back, as we approach the anniversary of Sept. 11, there are still thousands of Southern Nevadans unemployed. There is one organization that's helping people to get their foot in the door.

Starla Vickers can't wait to start working next month at AAA.

"I am so happy to be here; I got the job!" she exclaimed.

Like many after Sept. 11, Vickers was laid off.

"It's a life-changing thing. It startles you. The whole country was startled. And then to have this happen to so many people in our city," she said.

AAA hired Vickers through the Nevada JobConnect program, a statewide program that helps meet the needs of businesses and job seekers.

It helps businesses to recruit, pre-screen and to hire new employees.

"It's a win-win for us. As a business, we have qualified applicants who would have been very difficult to recruit off the street, so they save us money," said Debra Thompson of AAA.

This center is also a one-stop place for job seekers where they can learn new skills and do research . There's information here on just about every occupation and field you can think of. The center even offers information on how to do a resume .

"One can build a resume and have it critiqued. There are changes that have been made, and people have gotten the job just by having someone critique it," said Leslie Salomon of Nevada JobConnect.

JobConnect pays half of the job seekers salary while in training and will even pay for education. New computer classes helped Vickers refresh her skills and get the job.

If you're business owner and would like to post employment opportunities, you can call the JobConnect Job Bank at 486-0129.

Las Vegas JobConnect Office
Community College of Southern Nevada
2401 Las Verdes Street
Las Vegas, Nevada 89102
Phone: 651-2600
Fax: 251-3871

Henderson Job Link
119 Water Street
Henderson, NV 89015-7290
Phone: 486-0300
Fax: 486-0328

Las Vegas Job Link
3405 South Maryland Parkway
Las Vegas, NV 89109
Phone: 486-0100
Fax: 486-0118

North Las Vegas Job Link
2827 Las Vegas Boulevard North
North Las Vegas, NV 89030-5703
Phone: 486-0200
Fax: 486-0230

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