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May 28, 2008

Jeanne Atkinson, Communications and Legislative Services, (402) 471-8287 or


Employment First Partnership Brings Together People, Jobs and Skills

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Lincoln – Employment First students graduating from a welders’ course on May 29 in Lincoln have more to celebrate than successfully completing their studies. These students are the first class in an innovative partnership that brings together people who need jobs, jobs that need people, and the skills needed for both.

"This is a great opportunity for Employment First clients to enter the workforce in a high demand trade," said Todd Landry, Director, DHHS Division of Children and Family Services. "We’re hoping that this partnership leads to additional course offerings in the future."

Employment First is a DHHS program that helps clients get jobs through training, education and employment preparation. Eight students are expected to graduate at the 3:00 p.m., May 29 ceremony at Southeast Community College in Lincoln, 8800 "O" Street.

"I want to give special thanks to our partners in this venture, Southeast Community College, Oasis Staffing, and Arbor Education and Training," Landry said. "These organizations worked together with DHHS to address the needs of both employers and people seeking jobs."

Oasis Staffing, a temporary staffing and job placement agency, identified a need for welders to fill current job vacancies. DHHS contracts with Arbor Education and Training to provide workforce development services in the Southeast Service Area. Arbor worked with Southeast Community College to offer a special welders’ course to Employment First clients. The class size was limited, and Arbor worked with Employment First clients to ensure success.