KINGMAN - Kingman and Mohave County jobseekers will be getting some extra help from federal and state governments.
The state of Arizona has been awarded a $1.6 million grant to fund 200 Virtual Workforce Workstations and 28 Arizona Job Help Hubs in public libraries throughout the state. The grant is part of a $7.2 billion program to expand the use and availability of broadband in the U.S., and is funded through the stimulus act.
Mohave County will receive at least one Workforce Workstation for each of its eight libraries and one Job Help Hub at the Bullhead City Library branch.
The Workforce Workstations consist of a desktop computer with job-search and placement assistance, plus comprehensive skill assessments, development of individual employment plans, and one-on-one counseling, training and career planning through video conferencing.
Job Help Hubs will have laptop computers with specialized job-related and training software. Instructors will be provided to help citizens with resumes, job searches, employment applications, starting a business and continuing education opportunities.
"Arizona's libraries are playing a key role in helping the state emerge from this economic downturn," Secretary of State Ken Bennett said. "This grant will strengthen the ability of community libraries to provide practical information and critical services to Arizonans most in need - those searching for a job."
In addition to the grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce, required matching funds for the grant are being provided by the Arizona State Library Archives and Public Records in the amount of $25,000, and Arizona County Libraries throughout the state in the amount of $104,500.
Additionally, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will provide a cash match of $576,330 to be awarded in partnership with the Governor's Office of Economic Recovery, bringing the total amount of the project to $2.3 million.
WHERE THEY ARE
Workforce Workstation sites in Mohave County:
Kingman Branch Library: 3269 N. Burbank Street; (928) 692-2665.
Valle Vista Community Library: 7264 Concho Drive, Suite B; (928) 692-7662.
Golden Valley Community Library: 3417 N. Verde Road; (928) 565-2989.
Chloride Community Library: 4901 Payroll; (928) 565-2200.
Dolan Springs Library: 16140 Pierce Ferry Road; (928) 767-4292.
Meadview Community Library: 149 E. Meadview Blvd.; (928) 564-2535.
Bullhead City Branch Library: 1170 E. Hancock Road; (928) 758-0714.
South Mohave Valley Community Library: 8045 Highway 95, Suite D; (928) 768-1151.
Lake Havasu Branch Library: 1770 N. McCulloch Blvd.; (928) 453-0718.
Golden Shores/Topock Community Library: 13136 S. Golden Shores Parkway; (928) 768-2235.
Job Help Hub site in Mohave County:
Bullhead City Branch Library: 1170 E. Hancock Road; (928) 758-0714