Local officials were on hand to cut the ribbon Wednesday for the new home of Pennsylvania CareerLink Lycoming County.
The site at 329 Pine St. provides the job search and career training agency with much needed additional space.
Linda Van Der Pool, CareerLink administrator, said the actual move from Third Street was made about six months ago.
Mark Aungst, of South Williamsport, uses CareerLink’s computers to do some Internet research unrelated to a job search. The career training agency will be open Monday through Friday for anyone seeking assistance with tutoring, career coaching, GED?preparation, resume and job search help, guidance and counseling.
About 40 people work out of the downtown site, the former home of Susquehanna Bank.
"This is a much larger facility that will be more conducive for our employees," she said. "We wanted a room to devote to Marcellus Shale employment. People come in all the time and ask about natural gas jobs."
More space was needed for workshop instructors as well.
Various community leaders were on hand for the official ribbon cutting.
An open house was held from 3 to 7 p.m.
"It's encouraging to see a lot of different resources and to put people to work," said state Rep. Rick Mirabito, D-Williamsport. "Hopefully, this is a plan to get people the skills they need to make a contribution. There is dignity to work."
State Sen. E. Eugene Yaw, R-Loyalsock Township, said he was impressed with the facility.
"Hopefully, this will get people back to work," he said.
Van Der Pool noted that CareerLink is funded through the state and federal governments.
She called CareerLink a "one-stop shop" for job seekers hoping to find not only work but to tap many of the services, including training that can help prepare for employment.
Among the services available are job search workshops, resume assistance, veterans employment, guidance and counseling, career planning and coaching, on-the-job training, tutoring and GED preparation.
Hours are Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Wednesday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.