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"Job Bus" rolls through DeKalb County

12:05 AM, Apr 17, 2012   |    comments
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DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- Think of is as opportunity on wheels.

Thanks to DeKalb County's jobs initiative, the "job bus" could soon be coming to a library, community center or school parking lot near you.

Last November, DeKalb County announced One DeKalb Works, a program to create jobs and get people back to work. In January, the county launched its mobile career center. In less than three months, it's made more than 60 stops, helping 300 people and counting.

The bus comes complete with 13 computer work stations, internet, printer, smartboard and movie projector. Employees are on hand to help job seekers create resumes, practice interview skills or fill out online job applications, among other things.

"Anything we can do in our office, we can do here," said Sheryl Chapman, director of DeKalb Workforce Development. "With unemployment right now in the double digits, we need to get the jobs out to our constituents."

This Saturday, DeKalb County will hold its biggest job fair of the year with more than 1500 positions up for grabs. The fair will be held at the Maloof Building in Decatur from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

More than 50 companies will be represented, including Comcast, FedEx and several construction companies. Attendees will have opportunities to apply and interview for jobs on the spot.

Starting Monday, the Mobile Career Center will be stationed at the following locations:

April 16
Salem Panola Library
5137 Salem Rd.
Lithonia, GA
10am to 4pm

April 17
Towers High School
3919 Brookcrest Circle
Decatur, GA
9am to 3pm

April 18
Department of Family and Children Services
178 Sams Street
Decatur, GA
9am to 4pm

April 19
Redan-Trotti Library
1569 Wellborn Rd.
Lithonia, GA
10am to 4pm

April 23
Stonecrest Library
3123 Klondike Rd.
Lithonia, GA
10am to 4pm

April 24
Wesley Chapel Library
2861 Wesley Chapel Rd.
Decatur, GA
10am to 4pm

April 25
Tucker-Reid Cofer Library
5234 Lavista Rd.
Tucker, GA
10am to 4pm

April 26
Scott Candler Library
2644 McAfee Rd.
Decatur, GA
10am to 4pm

April 30
Downtown Lithonia Sq.
5840 Main Street
Lithonia, GA
10am to 4pm

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