This week, the Missouri Job Center in Cape Girardeau began a satellite operation in Perryville’s Higher Education Center. The government-funded employment agency offers help with resumes, job searches and career counseling, and has seen busier days at their Cape office after a local drop in unemployment.
Office manager Michael Berry says they wanted to provide easier access to those from outlying communities, and job centers across the state are doing the same thing.
“Some people may not have either wanted to, or been able to, drive all the way in here when they need something,” says Berry. “And it's just an opportunity to get out there and try to provide the services outside our office.”
The new location will be open on the first and third Wednesdays of each month, and will re-adjust their availability depending on the demand over 4-6 months. No appointments are necessary, and they work on a walk-in basis.
The agency can help with funding for a short-term education of 2 years or less, such as LPN or CNA certification, or truck driving school.
Berry says though they can't replicate everything they provide at their main location, they’ll try and do the best they can.
“As we go along, I'll see what type of equipment i need to take up there, but right now I’m taking several computers up, so if people want to sit there and do job searching ill have computers available. I’m taking a small printer up so if you need to print off resumes or things like that, we can do that.“
State employment website: jobs.mo.gov