FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 11, 2009



Union County One-Stop Career Center Opens New Location
Free training for Union County job seekers, business services for employers and entrepreneurs


Elizabeth, NJ – The Union County One-Stop Career Centers have a track record of helping county residents improve their career prospects, matching business owners with skilled workers, and providing assistance for entrepreneurs.  Now the Elizabeth One-Stop has moved into new headquarters in order to better serve Union County residents.

“The new Elizabeth One-Stop is a modern, spacious facility that will help improve the delivery of top notch workforce services to Union County residents and businesses alike,” said Union County Freeholder Chairman Alexander Mirabella.

The new One-Stop in Elizabeth is located at 921 Elizabeth Avenue, in the same building that houses New Jersey state offices including employment related services.

“The location of these services in the same building will make it much more convenient for residents to connect with all of the resources they need,” said Mirabella.

The other Union County One-Stop is in Plainfield, at 200 West Second Street.  The Plainfield and the new Elizabeth One-Stops are both open from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Mondays and Fridays.  They are open until 6:00 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.  English and Spanish are spoken.

At the One-Stops, free services for job seekers include basic computer skills, resume preparation, job search and interviewing skills, adult basic education, English as a Second Language, high school graduate equivalency diploma (GED), teacher’s assistant training, a cooking and food preparation program, retail and customer service training, computer training in Microsoft Word and Excel, forklift certification, and CDL licensing training for bus drivers.

“If you are looking to improve your job skills or need help with a job search, you can avoid fly-by-night scams that take your money without helping,” said Chairman Mirabella.  “Your first call should be to the Union County One-Stops, where you’ll get experienced, reliable help free of charge.”

The One-Stops work with area employers to meet their labor needs, and matches eligible applicants with jobs created by grants.  The One-Stops recently provided screening services for a new Whole Foods supermarket in Union, providing a pool of qualified job applicants.  This summer, the One-Stops matched youths who were eligible for federal and state-funded summer jobs with major companies in Union County as well as local businesses, non-profits, and municipal agencies.

The One-Stops assist employers with recruitment, customized training, job fairs, business seminars, and technical assistance including site location as well as demographic and transportation information.  Self Employment Assistance and entrepreneurial training are offered for Union County residents who aspire to start a business.

Special programs run by the One-Stops are designed to assist youth, military veterans, the disabled, and workers age 55 and older. This includes training programs in partnership with local businesses and schools such as Union County College.

Residents of Elizabeth, Hillside, Kenilworth, Linden, Roselle, Roselle Park, Springfield, Union (including Vauxhall), and Winfield may contact the Elizabeth One-Stop Career Center at 908-558-8000.

Residents of Berkeley Heights, Clark, Cranford, Fanwood, Garwood, Mountainside, New Providence, Plainfield, Rahway, Scotch Plains, Summit, and Westfield may contact the Plainfield One-Stop Career Center at 908-757-9090.

The Union County One-Stop Career Centers are run by the Union County Department of Human Services, Workforce Development Operations.  They have been serving job seekers and employers for almost thirty years.