Career Coachers Shawn Hotch (standing) and Stephanie Woolley are ready to invest in your future through Workforce Connections. Photo by Teri Nehrenz

The Clark County Library and The Salvation Army Mesquite have teamed up together with Workforce Connections to remove all barriers when it comes to putting Mesquite citizens to work in above minimum wage jobs.

Shawn Hotch and Stephanie Woolley are working hard connecting Mesquite residents to the right career training which will give them the skills they need for employment that earns them a living wage.

Are you an out of work, single, mom who just finds it impossible to attend classes or a job that pays a wage that will cover the cost of child care let alone give you enough income to survive on? Hotch can set you up with Workforce connections and the Salvation Army who will pay for training, provide you a gas card to make sure you can get to the school/ training centers (most are located in Las Vegas) and even assist you with child care.

Do you have the prospect of employment but are hindered by the cost of job specific clothing, health or TAM cards? Workforce Connections and the Salvation Army are ready to help tear down that barrier as well.

Are you presently in school, just out of school and seeking a career but don’t have the money for college or vocational tuitions? Woolley is passionate about helping the youth get into the workforce training that will give them a solid foundation that they can build a life on.

Workforce Connections is available to all eligible residents who desire a one-stop shopping trip to training and future employment. Whatever your barrier to earning a living wage, Workforce connections will assist and support you along the entire path from training to employment. They will even work around your schedule to assist you 7 days a week. They’re committed to putting well-trained Mesquite residents to work.

Workforce Connections partners with local employers and businesses to meet their needs. It is a one-stop delivery system serving Southern Nevadans seeking training and employment services. The youth services will help youth complete their education whether it be by the traditional graduation process or obtaining your GED and entering post-secondary schooling.

Hotch has extensive experience in Human Services and working with community members to help better their situations. Woolley has several years’ experience working with youth in various programs.

Both specialize in helping those with barriers overcome all obstacles when it comes to putting Mesquite residents to work. Like the ladies said, “We’ve got the money to make this program work for our residents, we just need to let them know that it’s available.” Workforce Connections received a $360,000 grant for this program and you know what they say, “Use it or lose it.” If you need employment help, right now is the time to take full advantage of what Workforce Connections has to offer eligible residents. You’ve got everything to gain and nothing to lose, they’ll walk you through it all and hold your hand if that’s what you need. If you’re unemployed, receiving public assistance or just ready to enter the workforce with little resources, you qualify; at least check the program out to see if you do, it’s well worth the time; these women are ready to invest in your future.

Job training includes everything from truck driving to nursing. Most classes are held in Las Vegas now but there are online training choices available. Hotch, Woolley and Captain Smith are working with CSN to provide more training opportunities right here in Mesquite but that won’t be happening immediately.

Workforce Connections presently holds an orientation class every Thursday from 1-2 p.m. at the Mesquite Library, 121 W. First North St. but Hotch is available at the library during regular business hours. Woolley’s office is located inside the Salvation Army Offices at 355 W. Mesquite Blvd.

You can reach Shawn Hotch at 702-507-4093 or Stephanie Woolley at 801-690-5204.