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Job Centers at Del. Libraries in Danger of Losing Funding


DOVER, Del.- Job centers at Delaware libraries are in danger of shutting down later this year. The funding for the programs is running out.

Nick Strasser has been looking for job for a long time - 19 months. During part of that time he's used the job center at the library in Dover.

"Coming here gives me the opportunity to see job postings and apply to jobs that are relevant to my experience," he said.

Strasser is one of thousands of people who have used the state's four centers - in Dover, Seaford, Georgetown and Wilmington (there are also satellite locations) - during the more than two years they've existed.

Community Resource Administrator Bernadette Connell said stimulus money funded the program. It totaled just under $2 million, plus an extra $1 million match.

"The job centers' money will end in September 2013 without funding from some source, whether it's state, federal, whatever," she said.

Connell says they asked US Sen. Tom Carper, D-Delaware, for whatever help he could provide on that when he made a stop at the library.

"There is a definite need for programs like this in the state of Delaware," she said. "There continues to be folks who come in and need assistance finding jobs."

According to the Job Centers internal numbers, between July 2011 and this spring, there were 420 reported job offers for people who have used the program across Delaware.

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