LEWISTON — The Lewiston CareerCenter announces the July workshop schedule and the speakers for the Unemployed Professionals Group. Also, to accommodate the increased need for services, the CareerCenter has expanded its hours of operation: Monday and Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 7 a.m.- 5 p.m.
A new workshop has been added — Finding Occupations/Careers Using Strategies — which meets every Tuesday from 2-4 p.m. It is designed for jobseekers who are looking for support in finding work and in developing skills to become more marketable in today’s labor market.  The first F.O.C.U.S. group will meet July 7. The topic will be “Staying Motivated in Your Job Search.” Registration is not required for this group.
The Lewiston-Auburn Area Unemployed Professional Group meets every week from 1-4 p.m. and provides support, resources and networking opportunities for unemployed and underemployed professionals while providing employers with a valuable talent pool from which to recruit and hire. Upcoming program topics are:
July 7, “Taking Control of Your Career: Never Get Fired or Laid-off Again,” with presenter Celeste Yakawonis.
July 13, “Grow for It: Achieve Anything,” with Rita H. Losee, ScD, RN.
July 20, “Time Dollar Bank,” with Sharon Carter.
July 27, “We Don’t Have To Like Each Other: We Only Have to Work Together. The Basics of Team Building,” with Linda Snyder
Registration is not required for the Unemployed Professionals Group.
Other workshops offered at the CareerCenter include:  Job Search Skills; Career Decision Making; Resume Basics and Interviewing Skills.
Career Decision Making workshops are two-part. On Monday you will meet in a group setting with a career counselor to discuss tools you can use to help make career decisions.  In the group on Friday, you will use the information you gained to start making your career plans. Because this is a group workshop so you will benefit from discussion as well. Registration is required. Dates are July 13 and 17, or July 20 and 24; Mondays: 9 a.m.-noon, Fridays: 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Job Search Skills workshops help you conduct an effective job search.  In this workshop, you will learn how employers advertise and hire and methods you can use in your job search that will lead to success.  Registration is required. Dates are July 7 or 21, 10 a.m.-noon.   
Résumé Basics and Interview Skills explores the basics of resumes and applications and what can make a resume and interview stand out in a positive way. Registration is required. Dates are July 9 or 23, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
For training and education resources and information, the CareerCenter offers the CareerCenter Training Orientation, an overview of training programs at the CareerCenter, eligibility requirements and information on accessing services.  Ask CareerCenter staff for the schedule of meetings and to register. Also, a college adviser will be on hand to talk about options to attend college and explore college choices based on interests and career goals. The adviser is available July 6 or 24, from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.     
An adult education representative can help explore options to improve job skills and find which adult education programs or classes will best meet a person’s needs based on interests and career goals. Available July 8, 15, 22 or July 29, 10:15-11 a.m.          
Essentials of College Planning for Adults is available July 15 and 29, beginning at 10 a.m. (lasts about 2-3 hours). Learn about college and trade schools, entrance requirements, readiness and transitional issues of adult students, admissions procedures and financial aid. Bring last year’s income tax forms. Registration is required.
Please call 753-9005 to register for these workshops and to get additional information.
All events are free of charge and are held at the CareerCenter, 5 Mollison Way, Lewiston.
Computer skills’ building is also available at three community computer labs: B-Street Community Center, Lewiston High School and the Lewiston Public Library. Contact the Lewiston CareerCenter, 753-9005 to learn more about job search and hours the computer labs are open.
The Maine Department of Labor provides equal opportunity in employment and programs. Auxiliary aids and services are available to individuals with disabilities upon request.


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