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Mayor Kasim Reed and Atlanta Workforce Development Agency Unveil New Mobile Career Coach and Announce Expansion to MLK Sr. Collaborative

Post Date:07/22/2015 12:00 PM
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Thế giới cáFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 22, 2015

Thế giới cáNews Release

Mayor Kasim Reed and Atlanta Workforce Development Agency Unveil New Mobile Career Coach and Announce Expansion to MLK Sr. Collaborative

AWDA’s new Career Coach and expansion to MLK Sr. Collaborative will expand agency’s reach

ATLANTA – Mayor Kasim Reed and the Atlanta Workforce Development Agency (AWDA) today unveiled the new Career Coach, a state-of-the-art mobile career center created to help AWDA access underserved populations in the City of Atlanta. Several city officials and community leaders, including AWDA Executive Director Michael T. Sterling and Ebenezer Baptist Church Senior Pastor Dr. Raphael Warnock, joined the Mayor for the announcement outside the MLK Sr. Collaborative Resource Center. 

“Over the past several years, Atlanta’s economy has continued to thrive,” said Mayor Kasim Reed. “It is our responsibility to ensure that every resident has the chance to take part in that prosperity. The Career Coach is yet another tool that will help us succeed in that effort.”

The Career Coach is ADA accessible and features 12 new desktop computers, LED lighting, free Wi-Fi and satellite, an additional meeting room, and interior and exterior 40” LCD monitors. It will be deployed to high unemployment areas where residents also lack access to transportation. It will allow residents who did not have access to the City’s workforce services the ability to register for Workforce Investment Act grants, receive training, job placement assistance, attend resume workshops, computer skills and interviewing skills classes, re-entry classes and receive testing for literacy and numeracy.

“This new state-of-the-art mobile career center will allow the City of Atlanta’s workforce system to serve more Atlanta residents and directly reach communities throughout the City that are most in need,” said Michael T. Sterling, Executive Director, Atlanta Workforce Development Agency.

During the press conference, Michael T. Sterling and Rev. Warnock announced AWDA’s expansion to the Martin Luther King, Sr. Community Resources Collaborative (MLKSCRC), which will bring the Agency closer to families most in need.

“The Atlanta Workforce Development Agency is Ebenezer Baptist Church’s latest partner in our work of building a “one-stop” shop of human services that will equip people to move toward self-sufficiency and a better quality of life,” said Reverend Raphael G. Warnock, Senior Pastor, Ebenezer Baptist Church. “With its sharp focus on workforce development, AWDA will nicely compliment current services already being offered in the Martin Luther King Senior Community Resources Complex, including financial literacy, home ownership and advocacy for vulnerable families. This is great news for working families and for those who seek work. It’s a great day for Atlanta.”

The Martin Luther King, Sr. Community Resources Collaborative aspires to help low-income families enter into the middle class through a combination of AWDA’s high-demand industry training, supportive services, placement assistance, MLKSCRC’s life coaches, and Operation Hope’s financial literacy training. Now with this partnership, a family living at or below the poverty line can come to the AWDA office at the MLKSCRC and get an in-depth assessment by a skills development advisor and work with them to create a plan to achieve sustainable employment.

“The Martin Luther King Sr. Community Resources Collaborative is forever linked to the legacy and ideals of Martin Luther King Sr., as we maximize the strength of each partner to realize outcomes far beyond what any individual agency could achieve alone,” said Detria Russell, Executive Director, MLK Sr. Community Resources Collaborative. “We believe this Collaborative will become a model for others, and having Atlanta Workforce Development Agency join us is another bold move toward our success!”

Thế giới cá “This is an exciting time for AWDA,” added Sterling. “Today’s announcement of the new Career Coach and the new partnership with Pastor Raphael Warnock and the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church to expand and open a fully staffed satellite AWDA office in their collaborative resource center is a true example of how dedicated we are to increasing our opportunities to better serve those in Atlanta who are unemployed and underemployed.”

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For more information about the Atlanta Workforce Development Agency, please visit everafterbox.com/awda. Follow the Atlanta Workforce Development Agency on Facebook and Twitter @ATLWorkforce. Follow the Executive Director on Twitter @MikeTSterling.

Thế giới cá The Atlanta Workforce Development Agency (AWDA) serves as the workforce system for the City of Atlanta. The agency provides job seekers - adults, dislocated workers (laid-off), and youth (ages 14-21) - with resources to attain sustainable employment and collaborates with business leaders for the recruitment and development of their labor needs.

For more information about the City of Atlanta, please visit http://everafterbox.com or watch City Channel 26. Follow the City of Atlanta on Facebook and Twitter . Follow Mayor Reed on Facebook and Twitter

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