Workshop to help unemployed set May 20

Marion city and county officials may have help for people who are unemployed or underemployed, according to information presented at Monday?s city council meeting.

With layoffs and the uncertain economic climate, Doug Kjellin, economic development director for Marion, said the state is offering help for people looking for a new job or for new skills that could lead to better employment opportunities.

Sponsored by the Marion County Economic Development Council, the workshop will be from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday, May 20, in the basement of the Marion City Auditorium, 203 N. Third St.

Tucky Allen, workforce specialist with KansasWorks, will explain how people can obtain the skills they need even if they cannot afford it.

Allen will provide information on how to write a resume, prepare for interviews and network to find employment. He will also provide information on the Kansas WorkforceONE training program which laid-off workers, disadvantaged adults and youth may qualify for.

Services provided may include:

— Occupational skill training

— On-the-job training

— Apprenticeship programs

— Skills upgrade training

— Adult education, including GED and English as a Second Language (ESL)

— Job retention workshops

— Job coaching

— Group and individual counseling

— Internships and job shadowing

— Work experience

KansasWorks is a site where job seekers, employers and others can search for information on who has jobs and those looking for work.

This session is free to anyone and tuition for training could be available.

For more information, contact Kjellin at 620-382-3703.

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