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DEQUINCY – The Louisiana Workforce Commission will conduct an orientation session for employees, administrative staff and guards of C. Paul Phelps Correctional Center at 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 22.
The state prison in DeQuincy will close in November. The orientation, the third this week, will introduce Phelps Correctional staff to various employment services and assistance available through the LWC. More than 90 employees attended the first two orientation sessions held Thursday and Friday, with 63 registering online in LAVOS, the LWC’s assistance service also known as Louisiana Virtual One Stop.
The orientation sessions are just the beginning of assistance the LWC is providing to workers at the prison. LWC’s Rapid Response program is offering on-site skills assessments, resume preparation, retraining, information on occupations in demand in the area, job counseling, and assistance with job placements, out-of-area job searches, using computers plus a host of other services. Rapid Response personnel will assist workers who don’t transition immediately to other jobs with filing unemployment insurance claims.
The LWC also is planning a series of workshops to ensure smooth transitions into new jobs for prison employees.
The prison will host a job fair Sept. 26 from 1 to 5:30 p.m. in the visitation building for prison staff. Participating employers include Coushatta Casino, Isle of Capri Casino, Lake Charles Police Department, Polaris Construction, the U.S. Bureau of Prisons and Westaff, among others. Employers interested in participating in the job fair should contact Jolene Constance at Phelps Correctional at 337-786-7963.
Workers who are laid off can apply for unemployment insurance benefits online here. Those without Internet access or who have trouble with filing a claim can call the LWC toll-free at 1-866-783-5567.
State employees can find a link on LWC’s homepage here for additional information and tips.
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