Jerseyville Employment Center, now operated by Madison County Employment and Training, opens new location


JERSEYVILLE – People looking for a new job or training, as well as business owners looking for new workers, will benefit from a relocated employment and training center in Jersey/Calhoun.

An open house and ribbon cutting was held Tuesday at 120 W. Pearl St. in Jerseyville. The office provides labor assistance ranging from job listings to funds for training.

“We are very excited about this location and look forward to serving both Jersey and Calhoun County job seekers and businesses,” Tony Fuhrmann, director of Madison County Employment and Training, which operates programs for LWIA 22, the state economic development region that includes Bond, Madison and, as of July 2019, Jersey and Calhoun counties.

“It’s very close to downtown, part of the downtown redevelopment that’s happening in Jerseyville,” he said. “It’s much easier for people to get there, a nice showcase.”

The office moved in November from its former location at the Jersey County Courthouse.

“It’s exciting for our community to have this resource right in downtown Jerseyville,” said Jerseyville Mayor Bill Russell, one of the local officials attending Tuesday’s event.

State Rep. CD Davidsmeyer, D-Jacksonville, said the change was “exciting.”

“It’s exciting for them to have this facility and to be able to bring people in,” he said. “It’s great to offer options to individuals. We want people to work hard to improve their lives. »

“It’s a good site for us,” said Carolyn Taviner, Career Services Coordinator for the site.

She said it has been slow at times, but other employment training centers have experienced similar situations as the economy emerges from the COVID pandemic.

“People are coming in, not as many as we normally have,” she said. “But we all have free services. People can use the job center to search for a job, make cold calls, make a resume. We will help them (prepare resumes) if they are unable to do so.

In July 2019, Jersey and Calhoun counties joined Madison and Bond counties in LWIA 22, leaving the region with offices based in Carlinville. Fuhrmann called it a “win-win” for all counties involved.

The change stems from a 2016 audit by economic development agencies that showed Jersey and Calhoun counties were to join the southern group. The change was originally supposed to take place several years later, but it was accelerated.

Jersey County Council chairman Don Little said it was a good move for both counties.

“She didn’t get a lot of support,” Little said, referring to Taviner under the previous roster. “I used to sit on that board. We had the opportunity to go to the office based in Wood River.

He said Madison County employment and training was “head and shoulders” above what it had before, adding that the office was undergoing “necessary reform.”

“They’re going out, they’re making contacts, they’re constantly marketing the services of their particular agencies,” he said of MCET. “That’s what you have to do.

He said he believes the current job market is strong, with many small business owners having difficulty finding employees.

“It’s not that people don’t want to work, but they have the unique ability to choose where they want to work,” he said.


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