Centre County is a pacesetter for the state, usually boasting one of the lowest unemployment rates among Pennsylvania’s 67 counties.
But that doesn’t tell the whole story, Board of Commissioner Chairman Steve Dershem said.
“The problem is we have a relatively high population compared to the rest of the region, so if we have half the unemployment rate of everybody else, we still have the same number of folks that require services,” he said.
That’s where Career Link comes in.
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Director Marge Eby made a presentation at the board’s regular meeting Tuesday, talking about the two Centre County locations and highlighting some of the services.
One office is in State College, 3081 Enterprise Drive, and open 8:30 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday. The other is in Bellefonte, 252 Match Factory Place, and open 1 to 4:30 p.m. weekly and by appointment.
“So there’s morning hours in the Cato Park location and afternoon hours in the Bellefonte location,” she said. “Hopefully anyone in Centre County can access services when they need to.”
The free services include job searching, career planning and basic computer workshops. There also are job fairs, including one scheduled for 1:30 to 4 p.m. Nov. 1 at South Hills main campus on Waupelani Drive. There is also a “preparing for a job fair” workshop from 10 a.m. to noon Oct. 30 in the Willowbank Building in Bellefonte.
Eby is now making a push to get out in the community and draw more attention to the services that are available.
The program is designed for all people with all levels of education, from high school to college graduates, looking for new or better positions.
The two new locations opened after an office on Benner Pike was closed.