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Free job training in the Rogue Valley

Anyone can walk through the doors of WorkSource Rogue Valley and sign up for a free job training program.

Posted: Sep 2, 2019 3:58 AM
Updated: Sep 2, 2019 1:21 PM

GRANTS PASS, Ore. -- WorkSource Rogue Valley offers free job training programs in Grants Pass and Medford year round. One of those programs is about construction work. 

The program prepares students to work in construction. Students learn how to read plans, use a tape measure properly and apply math to the construction field. The pre-apprenticeship program also takes students on trips to real work sites. There's a growing need for people who know how to use these tools. 

"Construction work helps communities grow," said Shawn Wonnacott, the pre-apprenticeship coordinator. "The trades are a very decent lifestyle. Being able to drive down the road and say, 'I worked on that, I worked on that, I worked on that,' helps build confidence."

Worksource also offers programs about healthcare and clerical work. They also have training workshops about computer programs, such as Microsoft Excel. 

Shelly Keyes is a former WorkSource student. She said that the program is successful because the staff is welcoming and supportive. The program helped Keyes build out a resume and learn about interviewing for jobs. She was able to find a job at WorkSource, where she had taken classes, within months. 

"I felt like I had a purpose for the first time in a long time," said Keyes. "Coming in  here, having a place to be and learning. It's okay to feel that way, but just know that you're not alone and that people are here to help."

Veterans who are interested in any WorkSource programs will be given priority. Veterans will have to let WorkSource staff know that they are a veteran in order to get that priority service. 

This program also focuses on helping local businesses in the Rogue Valley find employees. WorkSource said the service is completely free. They focus on five different sectors of business that help drive the local economy - IT, healthcare, advanced manufacturing, construction and trucking. 

WorkSource evaluates students who have gone through their program and pairs them with a company that is a good fit. 

"I have a chance to vet that job seeker, make sure that they fit skill-wise and culturally," said Joe Spagnualo, a member of the business service team. "That's why we do a site visit. So we can understand what's needed at the job site. We're trying to send the absolute best candidate that we can."

For more information about WorkSource Rogue Valley click here

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