Mobile Career Center: A New Memphis Public Library Bus Hits Road To Help People Find Work
This is our maiden voyage,” said Courtney Robinson as he greeted the first group of job seekers at the library’s new JobLINC Bus.
The bus, called a “mobile career center,” is like an unemployment office on wheels.
The 38-foot bus still had a new-vehicle smell as eight people boarded Tuesday on the parking lot of Gaston Park Public Library, looking for help to refine resumes and to see if jobs have been posted that match their skills and experience.
The Memphis and Shelby County Public Library & Information Center’s old JobLINC bus was retired two years ago after 20 years visiting library branches and other locations to bring specialized job-search help to people who often use library computers to search for jobs.
The new bus was financed through a grant from the Plough Foundation for $314,000, said library director Keenan McCloy, who visited the bus Tuesday while touring library branches across the city.
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