Workforce center revamps its website

Phil Castle
Phil Castle

Phil Castle, The Business Times

Although the Mesa County Workforce Center in Grand Junction long has provided a range of services to businesses looking for employees and people looking for jobs, Curtis Englehart continues to look himself for ways to promote even greater awareness of what happens there.

“We don’t want to be the best-kept secret,” said Englehart, manager of the center.

That’s why Englehart said he’s excited about a new website that combines a cleaner look with improved functionality, not only better showcasing the services offered at the center, but also making it easier to use them.

“We’ve been getting a lot of good feedback,” he said.

The center earmarked what Englehart described as incentive funds to replace what he said had become an outdated website.

The new site is different in nearly every way, he said, starting with a shorter and easier to remember address located at www.mcwfc.us.

The website opens with a sweeping image of the Colorado National Monument and a link to a short video that explains what the Mesa County Workforce Center does.

Separate links offer a variety of resources to businesses and job seekers, Englehart said.

Businesses can use the website to post job openings and obtain information about programs offering assistance with internships and on-the-job training as well as layoffs. Businesses also can book conference space at the center or access the latest information about the Mesa County labor market.

Job seekers can use the website to review job openings, register for workshops offered at the center and learn about the variety of free resources offered there. A feature called Career Coach helps users evaluate possible careers based on their skills and interests as well as assemble a basic resume.

Yet another link on the website offers information about still other services offered at the center, including assistance with childcare and preparation for earning a high school equivalency diploma. Additional services are available to military veterans.

A calendar offers information about upcoming hiring events, seminars and workshops along with links to register online. A news blog highlights what’s happened at the center over the past month.

In addition, the new website translates all the information into Spanish.

Englehart said the new website offers a more informative and easier-to-use experience now with the capability to expand features to offer even more resources in the future. And that will help to make sure the range of services provided at the Mesa County Workforce Center are anything but secret.