2013-12-20 / Top Stories

Workforce 1 Center Opens In Far Rock

After lobbying the Bloomberg administration, Councilman Donovan Richards has secured a Workforce 1 Career Center for the Rockaways.

Special guests and community members will be celebrating its grand opening of the new center on Monday, December 17th starting at 10:30 a.m.

The official ribbon cutting and open house kick off will take place at Far Rockaway Branch Library at 1637 Central Avenue.

Joining Richards will be special guests Small Business Services Commissioner Robert Walsh and Queens Library president Thomas Galante and Bishop Mitchell Taylor, CEO of Urban Upbound, as well as residents and community groups.

All across New York City, 17 Workforce 1 Career Centers help people find work using a combination of recruitment expertise, industry knowledge, and skill-building workshops to strengthen candidates’ employment prospects.

The new 1,120-square-foot center in Far Rockaway will provide jobseekers community with access to free job preparation workshops, career counseling services, training opportunities, and in coordination with existing library resources, a computer lab for self-directed job search.

"(Up to now) Rockaway residents …looking for employment assistance have had to travel more than an hour to get to their nearest Workforce 1 center," Richards said.

"Thanks to the Department of Small Business Services and Queens Library,” he noted, “the nearest Workforce 1 Center is now less than 15 minutes away for most of my constituents.”

“As we continue to rebuild our community post-Sandy, I'm elated that we are adding services that will assist residents to get back on their feet financially."

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