Department of Labor and Workforce Development


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 27, 2000

CONTACT:  

Deborah K. Henderson
Public Information Officer
615/741-2257 (O)
615/672-3892 (H)

NASHVILLE – Governor Don Sundquist today announced the grand opening of the West Tennessee Career Center in Jackson, calling on employers and workers to utilize the centers.

          "These centers are where people connect with jobs and employers find qualified workers," Sundquist announced. "The centers are the cornerstone of our Workforce Development initiative with the goal of making Tennessee’s labor force the best in the nation."

          Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner Michael E. Magill was joined in ribbon cutting ceremonies by Charles Farmer, mayor of Jackson, J. Alex Leech, Madison county executive, and John Allen Anderson, Private Industry Council chairman for Service Delivery Area 12 (soon to be LWIA Area 11).

          "The center will broaden our ability to bring employers and job seekers in this region together while offering a wide range of services," Commissioner Magill explained. "In the past, employment efforts have been too scattered and have too often left out the employer’s needs. The new networks of Tennessee Career Centers are changing that and will provide one central place to meet employment needs. Fourteen Career Centers will be operational by July. These centers combined with our existing offices and already successful partnership with the Department of Human Services will enhance the Workforce Development system."

          According to J. Alex Leech, Madison county executive, it has been a good joint effort.  "The opening of the West Tennessee Career Center is probably the most important announcement we have had the privilege of being associated with over the years. This facility will give people the opportunity to train for the best possible future. The personal attention the staff will provide can make a difference in their employment and in their lives," Leech said.

          Charles H. Farmer, mayor of Jackson, said, "The opening of the Career Center is an exciting development not only for Jackson, but for all of West Tennessee. It will be a great asset for job seekers and those in need of employment-related services. The workforce development initiative will prove very attractive to employers seeking qualified workers, which in turn will enhance our economic development efforts."

          The West Tennessee Career Center partners include the Departments of Labor & Workforce Development and Human Services, and the Private Industry Council, SDA 12 (soon to be LWIA Area 11.)

          The West Tennessee Career Center will provide assistance to all customers, while serving as a geographic job center for Benton, Carroll, Chester, Decatur, Hardeman, Hardin, Haywood, Henderson, Henry, McNairy, Madison, and Weakley counties.

 

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The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development is an equal opportunity employer. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.

El Departmento del Trabajo de (Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development) es un patrono que ofrece igualdad de empleo. Ayudas auxiliaries están disponibles para individuos con impedimentos.

 

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