MOUNT VERNON — Whether an individual is planning to further his or her technical education, upgrade his or her job skills, or is changing career paths involuntarily or by choice, making the right decisions can have a huge impact on that person’s life in the work force.
To help people make informed choices, the Knox County Career Center Adult Workforce Education administration is initiating what it calls the Career Service Center.
Jane Marlow, Adult Workforce Education supervisor, said the center, which is expected to be up and running before the start of fall classes, consists of three parts: Career counseling, an assessment center and a job placement office.
Kim Williams has been tapped to head the career counseling component. Suppose, for instance, someone comes into the adult workforce center and says, “I know I need to go to school, but I don’t know what I want to do.” Williams will help that person identify his or her strengths, look at the student’s background, review what he or she has already done in the work force, what the individual does or does not like.
Marlow said that will help potential students determine if the KCCC has a program for them.
“Also, career counseling may be involved with going over to the high school and helping those students, once they finish, to have a pathway to come to adult ed,” she said.