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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The Missouri Job Center will host a two-part dedication and ribbon cutting for its new north Springfield location starting at 3 p.m., Monday, Dec. 12.
The dedication will take place at 3 p.m. at the CoxHealth Fountain Plaza Room, accessible from the northeast entrance of Cox North at 1423 N. Jefferson. The ribbon cutting will immediately follow at 3:45 p.m. at the new location on the first floor of the CoxHealth North Medical Tower, 1443 N. Robberson, with an open house until 5 p.m. Shuttle service will be provided between the two locations.
The idea for a north Springfield satellite office for the Missouri Job Center sprang from the Community Listen meetings held in May 2015, in which the City and community partners met with north Springfield residents about the quality of life issues they face in their day-to-day lives.
“Transportation is a barrier for many of our job seekers,” says Director Mary Ann Rojas. “While the Mobile Job Center bus helps us reach folks, we really felt we needed a permanent location in north Springfield. This partnership with CoxHealth was vital to being able to open one by the end of 2016.”
Rojas added that while new location is in Zone 1, it’s just a short distance away from Zone 2 and will benefit the entire north side.
“The highest concentration of our clients who receive Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) funds are located in north Springfield,” Rojas said.
The north Springfield location, open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday, offers all of the services of the Sunshine location, including career counseling, classes and workshops; resume assistance and labor market information.
In addition to helping the unemployed find jobs, Job Center staff assists employed workers as they transition to new jobs. Staff are responsible for ensuring that participants meet basic eligibility requirements, such as completing a two-week job readiness workshop.
All of Missouri Job Center’s services are free.
“We are here for one reason: to connect people with jobs,” Rojas says.
For more information, please contact Communication Coordinator Megan Short at 417-841-3386 or firstname.lastname@example.org.