Two Southeast Workforce Centers to Consolidate at New Location
August 11 is targeted date for the opening of the larger, modern facility
To better respond to the needs of employers and job seekers in Southeast Colorado, the Department of Labor and Employment has announced it is consolidating two Workforce Centers in Southeast Colorado, one in Rocky Ford and one in La Junta, into a larger, more modern facility located at 308 Santa Fe Avenue in La Junta, on the corner of 3rd Street and Santa Fe Avenue, just south of the Courthouse.
The new location will consolidate staffs from the La Junta Workforce Center at 215 Raton in La Junta (which will close July 31) and the Rocky Ford Workforce Center at 801 Chestnut (which will close August 4). Monday, August 11, is the targeted date for completion of the consolidation and the opening of the new Workforce Center. There will be no major disruption of services during the move. Phone numbers may change and as soon as that is confirmed, the numbers will be noted in a media advisory.
“The new Workforce Center will allow us to better meet businesses’ needs for a skilled workforce by providing services that continue to strengthen Otero County’s economy,” says Betty Velasquez, the Director of the Southeast Workforce Centers. “We will assist workers in acquiring new, marketable skills at any point in their career path.”
For job seekers and employers in Rocky Ford, services will continue to remain strong. The new La Junta Workforce Center will only be a 15 minute drive from Rocky Ford. However, for job seekers unable to make the drive, services will continue to be only a click away online at www.connectingcolorado.com. The website will continue to allow job seekers to do a self-directed job search and employers to post jobs and search for qualified applicants.
In addition, a Virtual Workforce Center will be available at the Rocky Ford Public Library at 400 South Tenth Street. Since 2011, the library has worked in partnership with the Department of Labor and Employment, delivering a comprehensive menu of job training, education, and employment services to Rocky Ford. “I want to emphasize to job seekers and employers in Rocky Ford that our presence in the community and our services to them will remain strong,” Velasquez says.
While the new La Junta Workforce Center will be part of a statewide network of employment and training offices, it is also very much a part of the community in which it operates. Local businesses in both La Junta and Rocky Ford will continue to play an active role in ensuring that the Workforce Center is meeting their needs. Employers can turn to the new Workforce Center for customized recruiting, screening of skilled applicants, on-the-job training incentives, assistance with tax credits and information on employment law.
“For local employers, we offer the tools needed to find the right employee. For job seekers, we provide the tools to build a better future,” says Ellen Golombek, Executive Director of the Department of Labor and Employment. “We look forward to continuing to work with the people of Otero County. I want to assure the citizens of Rocky Ford and La Junta that the same services we have provided them in the past will continue to be provided at our new location.”
For immediate release
Date: July 17, 2014
Contact: Bill Thoennes at 303-318-8004 or Cher Haavind at 303-318-8003