Keene Library

A partnership with Keene Memorial Library and the Nebraska Department of Labor Office is benefiting those who are unemployed, underemployed or seeking additional information about what jobs are available in the greater Fremont area.

The partnership was established as a result of the Workforce Development Office closing in Fremont, said Elisa Cruz, circulation manager at Keene Memorial Library. During summer 2017, Tom Prescott, workforce coordinator for the Nebraska Department of Labor, reached out to Cruz with the idea of hosting job force assistance in Fremont.

“Tom got a hold of us during the summer, and at the time we were super busy with summer reading, but he told us that he was interested in starting a program here in Fremont,” Cruz said during a Thursday interview with the Tribune. “After summer reading was done we were able to make it work with scheduling, and it started in August.”

Every other Wednesday – the next session is Jan. 17 – Prescott meets with area residents in Keene Memorial Library’s East Building and discusses various aspects of entering and keeping a job in the workplace.

Sessions are available in both English and Spanish and run from 11 a.m. through 3 p.m. Sessions are free of charged and on a walk-in basis. Anybody with questions regarding job force assistance is encouraged to contact Cruz at 402-727-4002, or by emailing her at elisa.cruz@fremontne.gov.

“He (Prescott) is certified and trained to help people find jobs,” she said. “He teaches people how to build resumes, how to fill out job applications online, lets them know who is hiring locally and all that sort of stuff.”

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Cruz said that at first it was a bit difficult getting people through the doors of the East Building, 1030 N. Broad St., but once more information started circulating about the provided service more interested residents started attending.

“It’s been a really good thing – just so helpful,” Cruz said. “We used to have an office here and it closed, and then people in Fremont who are unemployed and don’t have much money weren’t able to get to Omaha to receive help.

“ … This has been a really good service because we don’t have enough staff to sit down with people and help them with these types of things, and so for Tom to come to our library and provide this to our community and to our patrons on our behalf is magnificent.”

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