JobLink Center brings hope to Pee Dee unemployed

By Brandon Herring - bio | email

FLORENCE, SC (WMBF) – Goodwill Industries of Lower South Carolina officially opened a new Joblink Center in Florence Monday.

The center is located inside the Florence Goodwill retail store at 1551 Second Loop Rd. in Florence.

Goodwill is partnering with Florence Adult Education to offer two certification programs to help people find jobs. Career coaching, job searching, job training and placement services are also now offered through the Joblink Center.

For job hunters such as Shirley Dewitt of Darlington, the opening is a welcome option in her job search. She drove to the Joblink Center Monday to find out more about because she often finds the state's employment offices too crowded and impersonal.

"It's always over-filled when I'm there, this will be just a place you can stop by and work on some things and hopefully get help on a one-on-one basis," Dewitt said. "Maybe it should be expanded to different areas and more locations to help people. [The employment security commission] is overwhelmed with helping people. Every time I'm there it's filled."

The Florence Joblink Center is also partnered with the South Carolina Commission for the Blind to provide job preparedness and computer training using special equipment for visually impaired individuals.

A third partnership with Experience Works means the Joblink Center will also provide training to low-income seniors who are trying to find work.

"Goodwill's mission is to help people achieve their full potential through the dignity and power of work," explained Goodwill's Director of Workforce Development Rick Shelley. "So work being the theme, fits in with what we're doing here with the Joblink Center.

The Florence Joblink Center is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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