By Joel Hall
In 1991, in order to soften the blow from the closure of Eastern Air Lines, the Atlanta Regional Workforce Board (ARWB) Career Resource Center, Clayton Branch was established at 409 Arrowhead Blvd., in Jonesboro.
On Thursday, the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC), Clayton State University and the county, will celebrate the center's new and improved home in Morrow. From 1:30-3 p.m., the center will host a ribbon cutting and open house at 3000 Corporate Center Drive, Suite 350.
Funded by the ARC, and operated by Clayton State University, the center was created to help those out of work -- or at risk of being laid-off -- identify skills and find new employment.
Dorothy Herzberg, manager of the center, said the new location will provide job seekers "a much more professional, business-oriented location."
"We had been in that place for a long time and the board decided that they wanted to move us to a little nicer area," said Herzberg. She said the new center has been serving people since June 30.
"I think the people who use the center will appreciate that it's a lot more professional looking," said Herzberg. "When you're out of work, you get a lot of negative feelings. They'll feed good walking in the door here."
During the open house, the residents will be able to tour the new facility, which includes 21 computer work stations (compared to 12 in the old center), a state-of-the-art, multi-media classroom with a 77-inch SMART Board, offices for individual staff, and a resource library with career information.
Visitors also will be able to see a demonstration of the ARWB Mobile Career Resource Center, which is equipped with a satellite and 12, Internet-capable, work stations.
Grace Trimble, communications coordinator for the ARC, said the previous location at Arrowhead Boulevard received some 16,000 visits a year, and conducted one-on-one career counseling with about 400 people per year.
The new facility, she said, has "really got the ability to serve more customers and serve them better.
"Clayton County has generally had a higher unemployment rate than some of the other suburban counties," said Tami Howard, senior principal workforce development specialist with the ARC. "I think [the new center] is going to have a positive impact. We can work to help people find the appropriate training, so they can fill that gap."
For more information, call the ARC at (404) 463-3100.