Ambuehl honored at CEFS annual meeting

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The C.E.F.S. Economic Opportunity Corp. recently showcased its 48th year of accomplishments, demonstrating the fact that community action helps people and changes lives.
During the 2013 annual meeting, some individuals were recognized for overcoming obstacles in obtaining or maintaining self-sufficiency.
C.E.F.S. Chief Executive Officer Paul White said, “This past year, our programs and services truly made a real difference in the lives of residents of the community.”
In November 2009, Randy Ambuehl went to the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Office in Vandalia following a substantial layoff after 32 years of employment.
After talking with Family and Community Development Specialist Melody Lilly, Ambuehl decided to apply to the Licensed Practical Nurse Program at Kaskaskia College.
Upon passing the state board exams, Ambuehl found work immediately.
Ambuehl, his wife and two children live in Mulberry Grove.
The Workforce Investment Act Program provides activities that increase employment, retention, earnings and skills in the American workforce.
C.E.F.S. receives a grant through Illinois Eastern Community Colleges to provide services in the 14county Illinois Local Workforce Area #23.
WIA Programs include youth, adult, dislocated worker, Trade Adjustment Act and Trade Globalization Adjustment Assistance Act.
Customers of the program are able to easily receive a preliminary assessment of their skill levels, aptitudes, abilities, and support service needs.
Customers can obtain information on a full array of employment-related services.
The workforce centers also offer job search and placement assistance, career counseling, and up-to-date labor market information which identifies job vacancies, skills necessary for in-demand jobs, and provides information about local, regional and national employment trends.
People who need more intensive help to become employed can receive more comprehensive assessments, development of employment plans, group and individual counseling, case management and short-term pre-vocational services.
In cases where qualified customers receive intensive services and are still not able to find jobs, they may receive training services that are directly linked to job opportunities in their local area.
A youth program is also available which offers youth training services, paid work experience, job readiness training, supportive services, leadership skills, resume development, job search assistance and classroom training.
C.E.F.S. Economic Opportunity Corporation has been providing comprehensive social services for limited-income individuals for more than 48 years.
C.E.F.S. is a comprehensive human service provider offering direct services, referrals and linkages to address the issues facing low-income residents and providing local community solutions to meet those needs.
For more information about the community action agency or program, contact the local C.E.F.S. Fayette County Outreach Office at 283-2631, the local Illinois workNet Partner at 283-2780 or the C.E.F.S. central office at 217-342-2193, or visit the agency website at www.cefseoc.org.