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CBA Involved with New Verizon Community Information Clubhouse

Published: December 1, 2008

A new center designed to assist unemployed workers wanting to improve their skills and conduct job searches, incumbent workers hoping to increase their business and research knowledge and other workers seeking a mid-career change recently opened in the city with CSULB playing an important role.

The Verizon Community Information Clubhouse (CIC) was made possible through a $100,000 donation from Verizon and is a partnership project that includes CSULB and the Pacific Gateway Workforce Investment Network. The Verizon CIC is located at the Career Transition Center, 3447 Atlantic Ave., Long Beach.

“Verizon has long been aware of the digital divide and we are hopeful that by making this technology resource available to the Long Beach community at the CIC that the divide will be eliminated for some,” said Mike Murray, government and external affairs director for Verizon. “Through collaboration and customer engagement, this new Clubhouse project provides the technology and instruction that can transform massive amounts of information into relevant workforce knowledge and skills for Long Beach area residents and businesses.”

CSULB faculty have begun conducting four-week classes for up to 20 workers at a time at the CIC computer lab. The course, titled “Special Business and Technology Knowledge and Skills,” will help transitioning and dislocated workers learn about the use of technology in business.

“The university, College of Business Administration and the Center for Information Strategies and Technologies (CIST) are very excited about this opportunity to assist mid-career changers, incumbent workers and the unemployed to expand their career options through enhanced technology and skills development,” said H. Michael Chung, director of the CIST at CSULB, which is managing the CIC project.

“The opening of the Clubhouse at the Career Transition Center is very timely and will be used to support workers who are transitioning careers during this difficult period in our national economy,” noted Bryan Rogers, executive director of the Pacific Gateway Workforce Investment Network. “By providing the technology resources and the training necessary for transitioning workers to acquire additional computer skills, and to conduct on-line research of various business pathways, Verizon and CSULB have provided a great investment in our workforce.”

In alignment with the network’s employment assistance services, job-seeking or career-transitioning customers will be able to use the CIC for job search assistance, labor market information, network Web-based training and other workshops, and clerical testing and certification.

For information on the CIC workshops and other upcoming sessions, visit the Web site at www.pacificgatewayworkforce.com.