LAS VEGAS (KTNV) – The City of Las Vegas, in partnership with Workforce Connections, will officially open the new Employ NV Career Center at Historic Westside School.
Mayor Carolyn Goodman, Ward 5 City Councilor Cedric Crear and Ward 3 City Councilor Olivia Diaz will be joined by Workforce Connections CEO Jaime Cruz to cut the ribbon for the opening of the new center on September 30 in 9 a.m.
Workforce Connections is the Local Workforce Development Council for Southern Nevada, according to the city.
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The hub is located at 330 W. Washington Ave. and should help unemployed or underemployed residents find new careers by providing easy access to free resources available through the public workforce development system.
“Providing these essential resources within our communities is essential in helping to find employment for those in need,” said Goodman. “We want to make sure these resources are convenient and accessible. “
City officials say the center will be staffed with two full-time employment professionals and will help connect job seekers to job opportunities, as well as provide support with resumes and interviews, career exploration and potential paid training to develop into a new career.
Support services to help job seekers overcome obstacles while finding a job are also available through the hub.
“Ensuring that we train our workforce and ensuring that there are opportunities are key elements of the CENT in Action plan for Ward 5,” said Crear. “Employ NV Career Hub is another step towards getting people back to work and offering them pathways to meaningful and rewarding careers. Ward 5 operates through programs like this one.
City officials say unemployment in the neighborhoods around the Historic Westside School is above the valley average. An analysis done in February 2021 shows an unemployment rate of 13% for the 89106 zip code, compared to 10.4% for the Las Vegas metropolitan area.
Unemployment in the Las Vegas area fell slightly to 9.4% in July 2021, according to the Nevada Office of Unemployment.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has intensified the need to provide easier access to employment and retraining opportunities,” said Cruz. “We are grateful to the City of Las Vegas for partnering with us to make these crucial resources available in Historic Westside.”
Employ NV Career Centers are part of a network of one-stop centers located in Southern Nevada. The first Employ NV Career Hub opened at the College of Southern Nevada Charleston Campus Student Union in November 2020.
The new Employ NV Career Center inside Historic Westside School will be open Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.