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UNM-LA’s One-Stop Career Center re-opens for business

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By Bonnie Gordon

The One-Stop Career Center at the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos is open again and ready to serve job seekers and employers in the Los Alamos Area.

Career Development Specialist Delmeria Martinez is on duty in the office, located downstairs in Building Two (Student Services), from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (closed 12:30-1:30 p.m.) on Wednesdays and Fridays.

Job seekers and employers may call 662-5919 ext. 607 to make an appointment, for information or to post a job.

Walk-in clients are also welcome and services are free.

Services are provided through the Work Investment Act, administered by SED Jobs for Progress.

Martinez was born and raised in Dixon, N.M. and now lives in Chimayo. She has worked for a number of years in workforce development and job placement.

Martinez works three days a week at the Espanola Center and two days a week in Los Alamos.

Three levels of WIA services are provided through the One-Stop Service Centers, Martinez said. Core services include activities such as outreach, intake and eligibility determination, as well as information on services available through the One-Stop Service Center.

Other services include basic assessment of skill levels, aptitudes, abilities, and supportive service needs; job search and placement assistance.

Some individuals need only the most basic information and services to meet their needs. However some clients need more intensive services.

Intensive services may include such things as specialized assessments of the skill, a variety of counseling services, the development of an individual employment plan, case development of learning skills, communication skills, interviewing skill, and more.

The third level of service is training, including job training, adult education and other services to prepare individuals for the workplace.

The One-Stop Career Center also offers services that benefit employers. Services include assistance in finding workers, training new or existing workers and in addressing business downsizing. Since clients at the Center have undergone screening, Martinez can help match potential employees to a given position and help employers identify those who possess the skills required for a given position.

Martinez urges job seekers and employers to take advantage of the free services available at the Los Alamos One-Stop Career Center.