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Free resources available for unemployed jobseekers

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Dorothy Herzberg is manager of the Atlanta Regional Workforce Board’s Career Resource Center in Morrow. The center offers resources and training to jobseekers.

Special Photo Dorothy Herzberg is manager of the Atlanta Regional Workforce Board’s Career Resource Center in Morrow. The center offers resources and training to jobseekers.

JONESBORO — As unemployment benefits decline alongside rising costs-of-living, jobless workers have added inspiration to pursue career training.

One library patron, unemployed for 18 months, finds her way to a new job at the public library through online job searches.

Some use their personal laptop computers to search on the library’s free wifi connection, but others are just getting started creating email accounts in order to contact potential employers.

“It’s year-round,” said Cynthia Hunter, assistant library director at Clayton County Headquarters Library.

Hunter said the library staff is available throughout the day, every day between September and May. Headquarters, 865 Battle Creek Road in Jonesboro, is open Mondays through Thursdays from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m., Fridays from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m., Saturdays from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. and Sundays from 1:30 p.m. until 5:30 p.m.

The library is a time-tested resource for job-seekers. But many residents also try the Atlanta Regional Workforce Board’s Career Resource Center in Morrow.

Dorothy Herzberg is manager of the center, in Suite 350 at 3000 Corporate Center Drive.

The workforce board partnered with Clayton State University to implement the job search and training program, federally-funded through the Workforce Investment Act.

Herzberg said the center offers career advisement and aptitude assessments.

“We help people in different stages of their career development,” she said. “Some need help with their resumes and job searches. Some need skills, and we can help them go to workforce training.”

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Special Photo Atlanta Regional Workforce Board Career Resource Center customer service representative Carole Kelly and manager Dorothy Herzberg work in the lobby. The center offers resources and training to jobseekers.

The center serves nearly 20,000 individuals each year from Clayton, Henry and Fayette counties.

It works with dozens of schools that can provide up to two years of higher education and training to job seekers, including Clayton State University, Georgia State University, Atlanta Technical College, Piedmont Technical College, Southern Crescent Technical College and Gordon State College.

“We see a lot of people that want to be truck drivers,” he said. “A lot of people want to go into some type of medical career. There are people who are going into things like heating and air conditioning.”

Herzberg said clients have to be eligible to receive the free schooling and training. Stipulations include being laid off and having a low income.

Residents can find a full list of guidelines at www.atlantaregional.com/wiatraining. The Career Resource Center is open from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.