The Ketchikan Job Center held open hours Thursday, Jan. 24, to acquaint the public with its remodeling, which now puts four state agencies together - employment services, job training and work readiness, public assistance and vocational rehabilitation.
"We're pulling together four agencies and ending the duplication by focusing on the customer," Employment Services Manager Joanna Hendricks said. She said the Job Center's Resource Room sees between 700 and 1,000 people a month.
The center's services, which are paid for by a tax on businesses, include 12 computers with Internet access, phones, faxes, copy machines and various employment workshops.
Ketchikan's Local Workforce Advisory Board, made up of about 20 people, oversees Job Center activities and recently applied for a $100,000 state grant for training programs in several fields, including health care and social services.
The job center is on the second floor of the Tongass Commercial Center.