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Thursday, November 30, 2023 at 9:53 PM

JobConnect Becomes EmployNV Business/Career Hub

JobConnect Becomes EmployNV Business/Career Hub
Ava Case, Manager for Nevada JobConnect, Department of Employment and Training (DETR) for the rural areas. Photos by Rachel Dahl.

If you’re in Fallon and need a job, where is the best place to go for assistance finding a job or getting the latest training opportunities to become more employable in this rapidly changing job market? Where do employers go to find good employees? 

In Fallon, the best place to go for all things job-related is right behind the Golden Gate on Industrial Way at the EmployNV Business/Career Hub, where Employment Security Division Manager Ava Case held a rebranding and ribbon-cutting event last week to celebrate the grand opening of the one-stop concept of workforce development. 

The EmployNV Business/Career Hub is an affiliate site of the Comprehensive OneStop location in Reno and Las Vegas, bringing together the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act partners throughout the state to be co-located in one office for more efficient customer-focused services. This partnership makes employment services more accessible and gives job seekers and providers one place to work with JOIN (Job Opportunities in Nevada) and the services that were formerly accessed through Nevada JobConnect,  “We’re here to support you. We’re here to help people build a foundation and be successful,” said Case. “If you’re successful, we’re successful.”

During the rebranding ceremony, Case welcomed Christopher Sewell, Director of the Department of Employment, Training, and Rehabilitation, to Fallon. Sewell heads the department under which these various programs fall and was appointed by Governor Lombardo in January. 

Tasked with cleaning up the post-pandemic unemployment claims, Sewell said that part of his job is well underway, “our backlogs are done. We are 88% DOL standard at getting adjudications done.” 

He now turns toward the workforce, saying, “We’re going to be the number one workforce agency in the nation. We aren’t going to be an unemployment agency. We’re going to be a re-employment agency. DETR is not going to say ‘no’; we will find a way to say ‘yes’ to get these things done,” he said. 

Also speaking at the event was a local business manager, Nicole Rogne from Pizza Barn, who told the story of a young man they had taken on referral from Case, who excelled and became one of their top employees. 

Dr. Sue Segura, the School to Career Coordinator at Churchill County High School, spoke about the program at the high school and the students she serves, including 248 seniors. She is currently working with Case on job skills and training opportunities that will ready the seniors for open positions throughout the community.

“I can’t say enough about the rebranding, but keep what you have because you are doing great things,” said Segura.
Case said she and her staff travel the state extensively, taking services into the communities of Fernley, Silver Springs, Yerington, Hawthorne, Schurz, Lovelock, Winnemucca, Battle Mountain, and McDermitt, “and some mountains, and some sheep camps,” she said jokingly.

Heather Benson, the Adult Services Division Manager in Lyon County, also spoke about how communities work with the EmployNV team to “meet individuals where they’re at. It takes a lot for our team to give them hope and confidence and a belief in their skills to get them to believe that they can increase their well-being and they can reach that self-sufficiency that they hope for. We can’t do that alone, and we are proud to be a part of this village.”

Pictured below: Chris Sewell, DETR Nevada State Director at the ribbon cutting.