Page 3A The Champion Free Press, Friday, Jan. 4, 2013
Jobs bus attracts 2,000 people since launching
by Carla Parker
email@example.comDeKalb County’s MobileCareer Center, also knownas the “jobs bus,” has been a big hit in the community, ac-cording to the DeKalb CountyWorkforce Development.The mobile center, whichlaunched in February, is de-
signed to help residents nd
employment by providing jobsearch assistance, adult work-shops and training, resumewriting and interviewing tips.The bus has 13 computer stations, a meeting space, asmart board, and is compliantwith the Americans with Dis-abilities Act.Director of DeKalbCounty Workforce Develop-ment
saidthe mobile center has a lot of the amenities that are on siteat the DeKalb County Work-
force Development ofce.
“We do job leads, we helpwith resume writing, we havevarious software,” Chapman
said. “People can come in and
do a job search. They haveaccess to the internet; andthey can print, fax, copy–theycan do all those things rightthere on that mobile unit.”The jobs bus also has twostaff members who help peo- ple with their resumes.“Someone is always thereto help you,” she said. “We’vegotten feedback just to say itis a needed resource.”Businesses are also ableto use the mobile unit for recruiting, pre-employmentscreenings, interviewing andtraining.“We partner with vari-ous employers but we havea business relations unit andits primary focus is to work directly with employers to
match them with qualied ap
- plicants,” Chapman said.Since launching, the jobs bus has attracted an estimated2,000 people and been to ap- proximately 200 locationsin DeKalb County. DeKalbCounty’s unemployment in-surance initial claims havedropped from 3,557 in Octo- ber 2011 to 3,330 in October 2012. Chapman said theyhave been receiving good re-views about the bus.
“People couldn’t get to
[the DeKalb County Work-force Development] all thetime and we put the bus out inthe community wherever it’sneeded,” she said. “So, we’vehad people to say that it’s agreat resource because theycan come and use the internet,they can do the job search and practice interviewing.”Chapman added that themobile center helped theDeKalb County WorkforceDevelopment exceed the staterequirements for performancefor the ninth consecutive year.“That is putting people back to work, helping peopleretain their jobs, as well astheir average wages have metthose thresholds,” she said.“We feel like we have reallyexceeded the bench mark thathas been put out for us and
the jobs bus denitely helps
us do that.”For more informationabout the Mobile Career Cen-ter, visit www.dekalbwork-force.org.
DeKalb County’s Mobile Career Center, also known as the “jobs bus,” has attracted an estimated 2,000 people at approximately 200 locations since launching in February. The
mobile center is designed to help residents nd employment by providing job search assistance, adult workshops and training, resume writing and interviewing tips. The bus
has 13 computer stations, a meeting space, a smart board and is compliant with Americans with Disabilities Act. Photos by Carla Parker
Bank robbery suspectfatally shot by deputy
A man who allegedly attempted torob a Memorial Drive bank was fatallyshot by a DeKalbCounty sheriff’s in-vestigator Dec. 28.According to amedia release, theattempted robberyoccurred at theCapital City Bank and Trust, 5674Memorial Drive,Stone Mountain, at10:35 a.m.The robbery washalted when the plain clothes investi-gator, who was in the bank conducting
personal business, identied himself
as a deputy and ordered the suspect todrop his gun. When the suspect, identi-
ed as 30-year-old
Eric D. Roberts
,refused to comply with the investiga-
tor’s demands, the investigator red,
according to the media release.
Roberts attempted to ee by break
-ing and jumping through a bank win-dow, according to the release. He madeit to the outside drive-thru bankingarea where he collapsed. Roberts wastreated at the scene and transported toa local hospital where he later died.According to the media release,Roberts had been in the DeKalbCounty Jail charged with obstructionon Dec. 11. He was released the sameday.Roberts was also arrested inDeKalb County in October 2012 for a failure to appear charge and in May2012 on a loitering charge.The sheriff’s investigator, whosename is not being released, will be placed on a routine paid leave for eval-uations, according to the release.
Memorial growing forfamily killed in NJ crash
(AP) A memorial is growing out
-side a Lithonia restaurant owned by acouple who died in a car accident onthe New Jersey Turnpike.WSB-TV reports well-wishers have been visiting a Caribbean restaurantowned by 51-year-old
and his 49-year-old wife,
. The couple’s 12-year-old son,
, was also killed in the accidentand their 18-year-old daughter,
,survived with minor injuries. Authori-ties say the family’s dog also died inthe crash.Ainsworth Mallett operated theGolden Krust Caribbean Bakery &Grill, 7245 Rockbridge Road, Litho-nia.Officials say the family was travel-ing to visit a relative in Connecticutand were rear ended by a tractor trailer Dec. 27 near Mount Laurel, N.J.
Police say the crash is under inves
-tigation.A public viewing will be held Jan. 4from 1-8 p.m. at the Gregory B. Levettand Sons Funeral Home on 4347 Flat
Shoals Parkway in Decatur. A wake
service will be held from 7-8 p.m.Funeral services will be held Jan. 5 at11 a.m. at the Tabernacle Assembly of God at 1580 Agape Way in Decatur.