Centralia College and WorkSource have in the past had a close relationship, but now also share a location with the official opening this week of WorkSource’s new space at Centralia College.
“We have to be the workforce of the future,” said Suzie Levine, the Employment Security Departments Commissioner at the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new WorkSource location at the college on Tuesday.
The new and improved location is a one-stop-shop for all employment needs, according to WorkSource.
WorkSource is a career center that provides training and workforce development to workers and employers in the local community. It provides many free services to displaced workers, disadvantaged youths, veterans and anyone in need of career assistance. Those services include workshops on improving resumes and interviewing skills, current job-market information, job referrals, and training programs.
Cheryl Fambles, the CEO at the Pacific Mountain Workforce Council (PacMnt), addressed the crowd of about fifty people outside of the new location.
“We all have to come together with an understanding of what our economy needs and what our businesses need and when we are able to do that our community grows stronger,” she said.
Employers may utilize WorkSources services by listing jobs, recruiting and screening applicants, and attending hiring events.
Bob Mohrbacher, president of Centralia College, kicked off the remarks made at the ceremony.
“It’s not about being your (WorkSource) landlord, it’s about strengthening our relationship,” he said.
Levine recognized many individuals that helped make the new WorkSource location a reality. She said she hopes that the new location, that has been two years in the making, will address the needs of Lewis County.
“This location speaks to the dignity of work,” she said.
Scott Haas, the Regional Director for Southwest Coastal area with the Employment Security Department helped cut the ribbon.
“I’m looking forward to enhancing the community by having synergy with the local college,” he said, adding that the new location is going to make WorkSource more accessible for everyone because of the bus routes that stop by the college.
WorkSource’s new location is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is located at 500 Centralia College Blvd. Suite 200 in Centralia.