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Work One reps outline programs

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Representatives from Work One Western Indiana visited members of the Clay County Chamber of Commerce Tuesday.

The purpose of the meeting was to explain various programs the business offers.

Work One Western Indiana Business Service Manager Mike Smith introduced the programs and had organization representatives give brief descriptions of the services the company offers.

One of the programs featured Tuesday was an Internet program for both employers and employees.

IndianaCareerConnect.com is a site where employers may gain recruit workers. In addition, the site is useful to prospective employees, helping them find possible positions with companies.

"It's a really straight forward process," Work One Western Indiana representative Walter Padgett said. "This is really a powerful site. It's got a lot of tools. It's a robust system."

The website launched in 2008 and is recognized as Indiana's official labor exchange website.

"This is a way individuals can go in and look for specific jobs," Padgett said.

Work One representatives also discussed WorkKeys.

Work One and Vincennes University representative Scott Brown said the application helps employers find the exact person for specific jobs.

He said those working with the system work with employers to determine what skills are needed for specific positions.

"It makes the hiring process a lot easier and a lot smoother," Brown said.

In addition, Work One representative Jessica Pickett discussed projects the company has for veterans.

The system for veterans helps them gain additional skills they need in order to gain new employment.

"There are lots of (veterans) in the system looking for work," Pickett said.

The Work One site in Clay County is located at 17 W. National Ave. Those interested in utilizing their programs may do so by calling 448-2636.

Meanwhile, representatives from Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana -- Wabash Valley -- were at the meeting to discuss a new program it has developed.

The college has implemented the Soft Skills Solution program for "incumbent workers."

The goal of the program is to help workers gain additional skills.

Currently, the program, which Ivy Tech gained through a grant process, is available for workers in the healthcare arena and manufacturing sector.

The training is currently offered in Terre Haute, but representatives expressed interest in setting up programs in Brazil if there was enough interest.

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