County sets up database to find project workers

KINGMAN - Mohave County's One-Stop Career Center has created a new database of work skills and experience to help construction and weatherization projects hire local workers.

The Renewable Energy Careers Database records the skills and experience of a large number of unemployed and under-employed construction workers in the area, according to Mohave County Business Services Representative Mary Mendola. "This will give us a better idea of the skill level for the whole community," she said

The database was developed by Mendola, Mohave County Administrative Supervisor Lynne Stiegler and Office Clerk Alex Ball.

"We've entered data for close to 600 people," said Ball, "but that number keeps growing. About 15 new applications come in each week."

The database was designed to support the Energy Careers Project, a grant-funded initiative promoting career training that leads to employment in the energy industry. In order to be included in the database, job-seekers complete a Career Placement Inventory.

"If a weatherization company needs a worker with a certain background, the database will help us narrow the field," Mendola said.

For those who want to be included in the database, the Career Placement Inventory can be found online at www.co.mohave.az.uz/energycareers or at any One-Stop Career Center location. Businesses and organizations interested in accessing data from these records can call Mendola at (928) 753-0723.