Hancock's Open Access Career Lab Is A Valuable Resource For Unemployed and Underemployed

Free professional instruction and guidance determining career goals, developing a resumé, and finding a job

Jan. 20, 2017 -- People looking for employment, a better job, or to build work-related skills can find the resources they need by registering this spring for Allan Hancock College Community Education’s open access career lab at the Workforce Resource Center (WRC) located in Santa Maria.

The walk-in lab offers free professional instruction and guidance to help anyone over 18 years old determine career goals, develop a resumé, and find a job. Students may drop in any time between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. and have access to computers, software, Internet resources, periodicals and videos, and can attend the lab as often as necessary.

Instruction offered includes speaking and writing skills, using internet browsers, and computer skills including MS programs Windows, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher, and Outlook.

“Sometimes people just need to update a few skills to find a better job,” said Joyce Stoffers, career lab instructor at the WRC.  “We take the time to question students about their needs and what they want to accomplish so that they can take full advantage of our resources and see which classes might be best for them.”

The WRC, which is located at 1410 South Broadway in the VONS Center, is also used by local employers to find suitable candidates through the center that match their needs.

“It’s extremely important for people looking for a job to get help on an individual basis and that’s what the center offers,” said Stoffers. “It’s very rewarding for me to see people find good jobs and gain more confidence through the things they learn at the center.”

The WRC is a consortium of organizations that includes the County of Santa Barbara, Workforce Investment Board, America’s Job Center of California, and California’s Employment Development Department.

Students can register for the open access career lab through Hancock’s online registration process by visiting the Hancock website www.hancockcollege.edu and then clicking “Apply and Register.”

For more information or help with registration call 922-6966 ext. 3209.

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Last Modified Feb 8, 2017