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Stephanie Seemion, Local Workforce Development Board Director

The mission statement of the Calcasieu American Job Center is as follows:

“We are a partnership of local community organizations and employers providing a comprehensive range of useful career and employment services, job training, and up-to-date information which will empower our customers to become self-sufficient and improve their overall quality of life.” Simply stated - We put people to work.

The mission statement is consistent with the law, as stated in the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) of 2014:

"To consolidate, coordinate, and improve employment, training, literacy, and vocational rehabilitation programs in the United States, and for other purposes."

To contact the American Job Center, call 337-721-4010 ext. 5029 or email Crystal Scott at cscott@lwia51.com.

 

American Job Center, Workforce Development Board Moving to Magnolia Building
New offices located at 1011 Lakeshore Drive, second floor

 

magnoliabuilding The American Job Center and the Workforce Development Board are moving their offices temporarily while their building, now located at 2424 Third St. in Lake Charles, is under construction.

The move to 1011 Lakeshore Drive - the Magnolia Building - will be complete as of July 22, 2019.

The office will be located on the second floor of the Magnolia Building, 1011 Lakeshore Drive. Administration offices for the Workforce Development Board will be located on the sixth floor of the Magnolia Building.

Parking for American Job Center consumers will be available in the parish lot at Pithon and Gill streets and at the Lake Charles Civic Center.

The relocation is estimated to last about a year.

For more information, call the American Job Center at 337-721-4010 or the Workforce Development Board at 337-721-4015.

 

2019 Master Your Future Student Conference

2019 Master Your Future Student Conference collage

The American Job Center, in partnership with the West Calcasieu Chamber’s Committee for Education and Workforce Development, recently launched a new conference to help area high school seniors prepare and achieve success in their post-high school education and career endeavors. Called the "Master your Future" conference, it addressed common challenges and provided practical information and tools on how to ensure their success in their immediate goals. The conference also helped prepare and motivate students to best take advantage of opportunities that currently exist. 

This student conference was introduced at just the right time. In a recent survey, West Cal Chamber members said they would like to see more initiatives targeting area students and helping them to prepare to successfully enter the workforce.  In addition, in April 2019, education officials met with students for round table discussion. Students shared ways they felt they could better prepare for post high school transitions, such as interacting with college students and teaching students life skills - using a credit card responsibly, conducting job interviews and communicating with adults.

The half-day conference included three workshops: University/College bound students (financial aid basics, budget and time management, and a peer panel), Technical College-bound students (financial aid basics, budget and time management, peer panel) and Workforce-ready students (American Job Center  services/fast track programs and money management, interviewing and professional etiquette, peer panel).

For more about the conference, watch this video:

 

 For more information about future conferences, contact the American Job Center at 721-4010.