Washington, DC – The District of Columbia Department of Employment Services (DOES) has rebranded its DC Works! One-Stop Career Centers as American Job Centers in accordance with the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) commitment to create a unified, streamlined workforce development system of all states and local jurisdictions across the country that will help employers and job seekers identify in-person and virtual employment resources as part of a single network.
“We’re excited to announce the new American Job Center brand and to become a part of the American Job Center network,” said DOES Director Lisa María Mallory. “The Department of Employment Services is working hard to upgrade the programs and services we offer to our customers and the public, and now that we’ve joined this national effort, we, like other states who follow suit, can be identified under a single, recognizable name as a resource for offering assistance and training to the unemployed and connecting employers and job seekers to viable workforce development supports.”
As more employers add jobs to the economy, more and more unemployed or underemployed Americans who may need to enhance or upgrade their skills to meet the demands of the new economy are returning to work. Many rely on the services of their local Career Centers to help them better prepare for a smooth return and transition back into the workforce, particularly those who have been out of work for an extended period of time.
Because different states and jurisdictions use various names to identify their One-Stop Career Centers, employers and job seekers may not be aware that a One-Stop Career Center in one state or locality can offer them the same services as a One-Stop in a different state or locality, but under a different name. The American Job Center network of services under a unified brand will increase job seeker and employer awareness of workforce development resources available across the country and facilitate better connections between employers and job seekers who are familiar with One-Stop Career Centers and their services.
In addition to the new American Job Center look, coming soon is a new, integrated online American Job Center website, which will provide a single online point of access to resources, improved navigation, and greater name recognition, all oriented around the needs of an individual or a business.
For more information on the District of Columbia’s American Job Centers, please visit the DOES website.