State Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond announced Wednesday that the Georgia Department of Labors new Cedartown Career Center is now open for business at a new address. The new state-of-the-art facility, located at 262 North Park Blvd. in Cedartown, will allow the department to better serve employers and job seekers alike in Haralson and Polk counties.

`Were pleased to be able to provide a new state-of-the-art facility for all of our employers, job seekers, and vocational rehabilitation customers in the Cedartown area,` Commissioner Thurmond said. `The new career center is one of the most accessible government facilities for persons with disabilities in Georgia.

`I would like to thank the members of the Polk County Commission, the Cedartown City Council and the Cedartown Development Authority for their support and assistance,` Thurmond continued. `Special thanks goes to former Polk County Commission Chairman Billy Croaker, without whose interest and perseverance this facility may not have been built.`

Its a very exciting time for the Cedartown Career Center, said Manager Mark Ezzell. We can now provide services to our customers in a more convenient and comfortable facility than in our old location on West Avenue. This spacious new building also provides a place for our workforce partners to serve customers, as well.

The 9,062-square-foot facility provides employment-related services for employers and job seekers, as well as user-friendly access to vocational rehabilitation customers. Employment-related services include: job referrals, Internet access, resume preparation assistance, career exploration, labor market information, job search and interview preparation, referral to training and education programs, assistive technology for persons with disabilities, and counseling for the deaf and hearing impaired, the blind and visually impaired, and those with mental health disabilities.

The new career center also features two training rooms and a business center where employers can interview clients, conduct group meetings, and have access to copiers, faxes, and computers. It also has accommodations for staff members of the Workforce Investment Act (WIA), who provide on-the-job training services to jobseekers.

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The career center is open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. The telephone and fax machine numbers will remain the same at (770) 749-2213 and (770) 749-2277, respectively.