Workforce center to open in Chatham

Originally published in the Star Tribune

Pittsylvania County residents looking for work or to hone their job skills can find help at a Virginia Workforce Center satellite office scheduled to open today on Main Street in Chatham.

“We look forward to serving people,” said Lisa Fultz, executive director of the West Piedmont Workforce Investment Board, which oversees the federally funded program.

The West Piedmont Workforce Investment Board funds and monitors the region’s four Virginia Workforce Centers as well as numerous employment services and training programs for employers, jobseekers, and youth.

Based in Martinsville, the board distributes more $2.4 million annually throughout its service region, which includes Martinsville and Danville as well as Henry, Patrick and Pittsylvania counties.

Until recently, the Chatham workforce office was operated by Pittsylvania County Community Action Inc. in Tightsqueeze.

A new company, ResCare Workforce Services, is the new provider and opened an office in the former Telamon office on North Main Street.

According to Fultz, the new office will offer the same services, including workshops on resumes and interview skills along with computers for online job searching and applications.

All of the workforce center’s programs are free, but low-income and dislocated workers may qualify for additional services, including education benefits, on-the-job training, and help with transportation and child care.

The center offers programs for adults and youth between the ages of 14 and 21, Fultz said.

In addition, workforce centers partner with a number of local companies looking to train and hire skilled workers.

“Ideally, we want to help people find permanent job placements,” the director said.

The Chatham office is open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. For more information, call 433-2266.

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