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Mobile Workforce Center coming to Fountaindale Library

Group helps with resume development, job applications

Published: Monday, Feb. 24, 2014 9:24 a.m. CDT
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Erica Benson-ebenson@shawmedia.com Mobile Workforce Service Division of Will County Driver and Facilitator Dave Nichols stands inside the truck outside Governors University on Tuesday. The Workforce will be at the Bolingbrook Library in March.
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Erica Benson-ebenson@shawmedia.com Mobile Workforce Service Division of Will County Driver and Facilitator Dave Nichols waits for clients outside Governors University on Tuesday. The Workforce will be at the Bolingbrook Library in March.
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Erica Benson-ebenson@shawmedia.com Mobile Workforce Service Division of Will County Driver and Facilitator Dave Nichols waits for clients outside Governors University on Tuesday.

BOLINGBROOK – Residents and Fountaindale Public Library patrons will soon have another professional development resource at their disposal.

Beginning in March, the Will County Mobile Workforce Center will make weekly stops outside of the Bolingbrook library every Monday, assisting people with resume development, cover letters and job applications.

For nearly a decade, the Workforce Service Division of Will County has operated the Mobile Workforce Center, making weekday stops throughout Will County and serving area residents.

The workforce center contains 11 computer stations, Internet access and offers keyboarding lessons as well as resume and job search assistance using online listings.

March will be the mobile center’s second tour through Fountaindale, as the unit used to park at the library until its construction project began in 2009. The unit was making weekly stops at Bolingbrook IDES, but the location is scheduled to close in March.

Beginning in March, the mobile unit will be stationed at the library, 300 W. Briarcliff, from 9:30 a.m. to noon and from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Mondays, except for holidays.

Both the Fountaindale and the Workforce Services Division staff are excited to renew the partnership.

“We’re very happy to have them back,” Fountaindale Public Library Assistant Manager of Adult and Teen Services Christopher Halvorsen said.

Workforce Services Division of Will County Administrative Manager Susan Flessner added that Fountaindale’s technological resources are the perfect complement to the mobile unit’s services.

“Fountaindale will be a good host for our Mobile Workforce Center,” Flessner said. “One thing we look for in a site is space where our staff can set up and offer our services when the van has to be off for maintenance. The library is a place that will allow us to provide uninterrupted service to our County residents on Mondays.”

Funded by the Workforce Investment Act, the Mobile Workforce Center began in September 2004 as an effort to extend job-hunting services into different towns in Will County, Flessner said.

“The mobile unit was initially well received because the country and the county was in the midst of an economic recession,” Flessner said. “Our attendance numbers tend to fluctuate with the economy, so low attendance isn’t a bad thing when taking into account residents’ welfare and employment status.”

Mobile Workforce Center attendance can range anywhere from less than 10 people on a slow day, to 40 or more patrons on a busy day.

Will County residents are welcome to come aboard to use the center’s Wi-Fi or the copy machine, as well as get assistance from facilitator Dave Nichols, whose expertise ranges from resume building, to career counseling, to job hunting and the application process.

All of the services are free, and residents from outside of Will County are also welcome to utilize the Mobile Workforce Center.

For a full listing of the Mobile Workforce Center’s times and locations, visit www.jobs4people.org.

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