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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

CONTACT: MILISSA REIERSON

March 11, 2005

(615) 741-2257 (OFFICE)

 

(615) 308-3705 (CELL)

 

TENNESSEE CAREER CENTER BLOUNT COUNTY GRAND OPENING

Quality Service in One Location 

 

Nashville-The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development and East Tennessee Human Resource Agency celebrated the opening of the Tennessee Career Center Blount County today. The center is located at 366 Glascock St. in Alcoa (across from Midland Shopping Center).

The Tennessee Career Centers offer a convenient location for job seekers to go to receive a variety of employment and training services. The center in Blount County also offers GED classes, basic computer skills classes, job search related workshops and more. Services are also available to local employers to list job leads; access on-the-job training; get assistance during a layoff or closure and more, made available through the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development (TDLWD).

"In the past, employment efforts have been too scattered and have too often left out the employer's needs. The network of more than 100 Tennessee Career Centers across the state is changing that and provides one central place to meet employment needs. We are proud the Blount County office and partners have come together to make things easier for both employers and job seekers," said TDLWD Commissioner James Neeley.

According to ETHRA Program Administrator Deb Miller, "The opening of the Tennessee Career Center in Blount County is the culmination of a five-year effort to locate Career Centers in each of the nine counties in Local Workforce Investment Area 4 (LWIA 4)." LWIA 4 covers the counties of Anderson, Blount, Campbell, Cumberland, Loudon, Monroe, Morgan, Roane and Scott.

Gordon Acuff, ETHRA executive director, commented, "These Career Centers have been made possible because of a strong partnership between our local County Mayors, our LWIA 4 Workforce Investment Board, East Tennessee Human Resource Agency and the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development. Because of this  effort, the job seekers and employers in our area are provided quality services in a central location."

For more information about LWIA 4 and the services available at your local Career Center, please refer to www.tncareers.org or contact Deb Miller at 865-590-1052, ext.102. The local Tennessee Career Center Blount County can be reached at 865-379-5525.

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