“I was desperate in the moment so I was just seeking for a job,” said Beverly Hester, Winchester resident.
The Valley Workforce Center in Winchester provides support services for people looking for a new job or career path, and job seekers like Beverly Hester have gotten results.
“I really needed a job and I got one so I’m happy,” said Hester.
Hester is now looking for a second job. She says the Workforce Center staying open two extra hours on Monday from 8:30 am to until 6:30 pm is a huge help.
“A lot of people are working part time and they need another job to make ends meat, but they can’t get here during the day time so we wanted to give them an opportunity to come after hours,” said Kathy Kalisz, Manager of the Virginia Employment Commission.
The center is now offering workshops each week as well.
“We do resume writing, interviewing skills, business etiquette, how to fill out an online application,” said Charles Peacock, Workforce Center Manager.
Virginia Governor Ralph Northam announced Virginia’s unemployment rate is at 3.6%, but officials want citizens in Northern Virginia to know. There are still a lot of vacant jobs out there.
“It’s important we get people in here that are wasting their talents at entry level jobs that just need a little boost to be able to get something that can be an actual career,” said Kalisz.
The Workforce Center offers job training so people have the skills needed to fill the open positions.
“Anybody who is eligible for our services they would be providing training funding to go back to school in demand occupations locally so all the training locally is specifically designed to help meet the need of employers we have in this area,” said Peacock.
Peacock also encourages anyone that is 18 to 24 years old and out of school to apply for the workforce center services because there are training dollars available for youth.
The Valley Workforce Center is located on N. Cameron Street downtown and anyone who is unemployed or under employed is encouraged to stop by!