Providing job-seekers with tools for the trade

"I'm sure that number is low because those are the people that are looking for jobs and those are the people we have statistics for," said Todd. "I'm sure there's a lot more people out there who have given up looking for a job."

Library director Stanley A. Ransom called the opening of the center "a joyful occasion."

"We've consistently had people coming in who look for any kind of job information, so this is great," said Ransom. "I'm always delighted to add services to the library that will help the community."

John VanNatten, chairman of the North Country Regional Workforce Investment Board, said he was proud to partner with the library in what will be a great opportunity for helping the unemployed.

"This is a great location," said VanNatten, "and we look forward to helping numerous people from the community get additional skills that will help them get employed."

The Community Computer and Employment Resource Center will be open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Those hours, however, could eventually be adjusted to meet the needs of the people who use it, said Shepard.

"This is a customer-driven center," said Shepard, "so, down the road, if we find a flux of people coming in that need it to be open later, we're going to adjust to that."

For more information about the center, contact Shepard or assistant director Jordan Ellithorpe at 563-0921.

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