New job resource center opens

Opening in crime plagued TC neighborhood

Helping job seekers where they need the most help. That's the goal of a new resource center in Fort Pierce at the old Garden City Elementary on Avenue Q.


As he works to develop his consulting business, Dr. Terrence Porter needs to supplement his income.


"I've worked here in Fort Pierce before, but I've also had to work farther south in West Palm Beach," says Porter, who specializes in counseling.


He made a stop Tuesday at the newest CareerSource Research Coast Center.


"It's nice to have the center to look for opportunities in the area to see if I can be a little closer to home," said Porter.


There's a new training room for classes on resume writing and interviewing skills.


"We also have recruiters, we have veterans services for veterans looking for work," said Jennifer Sideregts with CareerSource.


It's more than just a place for adults.  It's also important with school out, for teens to have jobs.


Northwest Fort Pierce has seen its share of shooting incidents in recent months involving young people.


"We want to keep them out of trouble and while they're out during the summer, it's very important to work on work readiness skills," said Canieria Wilkerson-Gardner, the lead career coach at the center.  


At the career center, you can look for jobs online through the state's Employ Florida website. The in-house newschannel also has constant updates about businesses opening, and hiring.


Jobseekers like that they don't have to travel 10 miles or more to the main CareerSource office in St. Lucie West.


"This one is where the need is great, right in the middle of the neighborhood," said Aaron Seals.


The center is open from 8 a.m. till 5 p.m. Monday through Friday with the exception of Thursday when it opens at 9 a.m.


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