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VIDEO: New Job Centers Open At Public Library Branches

Job centers are funded by a grant from the TCU Foundation


Paul Marsh of the TCU Foundation (center) and Jackie Nytes of the Indianapolis Public Library (right) at the grand opening of the Central Library's TCU Job Center ( photo: Ray Steele)

Teachers Credit Union has partnered with the Indianapolis Public Library to help more people find work.

Two days a week, the computer lab at the Central Library in downtown Indianapolis will become the TCU Foundation Job Center. Jackie Nytes, the CEO of the public library system, says a $15,000 grant from the foundation will allow the library to pay for staff who can give one-on-one help to those looking for work.

"The number of adults whose job has changed or disappeared and they are starting over again, that's where you really find it rewarding. You are starting to see people who have their confidence kind of shaken because of what's happened to them in the job market," said Nytes, who says the grant will pay for one year of staffing for the centers.

The partnership also includes the job search firm WorkOne, which will provide counseling and coaching on searching for a job, resume writing, interviewing and other skills. Nytes says the job centers will be especially helpful to older job seekers who may not know their way around a computer as much as a younger person.  "These are folks that, if they don't have an email, if they don't have a computer at home, they can't even check on the status of their application without coming to the lab again. So, people may come six or seven times working in the lab until they finally find a job."

Paul Marsh, president and CEO of Teachers Credit Union, says the grant for the job centers is one way his company can help stimulate job creation.  "Trying to tackle the problems that we face, with unemployment rate and the economy, and giving people access to education and access to the internet is really a powerful part."  Additional funding for the centers came from The Glick Fund and the Indianapolis Foundation Library Fund.

The job center at the Central Library is open two days a week - Mondays from 10:30am until 2:30pm and Fridays from 1:00 until 5:00pm.  Job centers are also located at the College Avenue Branch, the Eagle Branch, the East 38th Street Branch, the Southport Branch, and the Warren Branch of the library.


Library CEO Jackie Nytes at the grand opening of the Central Library TCU Foundation Job Center


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