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Date:June 10, 2008
Contact:Public Relations @ (225) 342-3035

Labor Department Rapid Response team to conduct job search workshop for Community Development Institute – Head Start workers

PORT ALLEN – The Louisiana Department of Labor’s Rapid Response team will conduct a job search workshop for Community Development Institute (CDI)-Head Start workers who were laid off from their jobs on May 30.

The workshops will be conducted at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, June 12, at the West Baton Rouge Parish government facility at 880 N. Alexander Ave. Topics will include résumé preparation and interviewing techniques, including mock interviews.

CDI is a state-licensed Head Start program that is now being administered by the West Baton Rouge Parish School Board. Occupations affected by the layoff are teachers, teacher assistants, maintenance workers and truck drivers.

The Head Start program provides grants to local public and private non-profit and for-profit agencies to provide comprehensive child development services to economically disadvantaged children and families, with a special focus on helping preschoolers develop the early reading and math skills they need to be successful in school.

“Many of the employees affected by this layoff had over 20 years of service with Head Start,” said Greg A. Anders, state Rapid Response coordinator. “We are working with agencies within West and East Baton Rouge parishes in efforts to inform potential employers of the stability of these workers.”

Rapid Response services are offered at no cost to the employer or the participating employees.

For more information, contact the Louisiana Department of Labor Rapid Response Unit at 225-342-2934.

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