Staff of the Louisiana Workforce Commission/Beauregard Business and Career Solutions in Center in DeRidder are anxiously awaiting news of the passage of the Continuing Resolution HR 1 (CR HR 1). The bills passage would not only be detrimental to the agency but have a direct impact nationwide.


Staff of the Louisiana Workforce Commission/Beauregard Business and Career Solutions in Center in DeRidder are anxiously awaiting news of the passage of the Continuing Resolution HR 1 (CR HR 1). The bills passage would not only be detrimental to the agency but have a direct impact nationwide.
"If this bill passes, and funding is eliminated, all centers, not only in the state of Louisiana, but all across the country, will be forced to close when their reserve funding is depleted," said Elaine Brister, local area coordinator at the agency, which at one time had an office located in Vernon Parish. Funding cuts in 2008 forced the Vernon office to consolidate with the Beauregard office.  
If funding is eliminated again, there will be no state agencies like the center in DeRidder, to accommodate employers looking to post positions or the unemployed looking for open positions. It will also eliminate youth programs for 14 to 21-year-olds, in or out of school, to learn job skills and get help entering into the work force.
"We really need these centers open to provide the needed services to our area," Brister said.
The House of Representatives has already passed the CR HR 1 Bill. The Senate will reconvene Monday, and by the end of the week a decision should be made on the bill.
Brister has composed form letters to both Senator Mary Landrieu and Senator David Vitter, expressing opposition to CR HR 1 Bill.
These letters can be filled out by anyone and signed at the Louisiana Workforce Commission / Beauregard Business and Career Center and left there.
"We will fax them and mail them in for anyone who will come by and fill them out," Brister said.
The Center is located at 1102 West First Street (across from Brookshire Brothers on the west side). Their hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. They are closed from 1:30 to 3:30 on Thursdays for staff development.
The number to call for more information on the consolidation and budget cuts, is 337-462-5838.
Brister encourages anyone who will help, to call or write the senators, or drop by the DeRidder Center and fill out a letter.
"Please let them know you are in opposition to the CR HR 1 Bill," Brister said.
To find out more about what the Center provides to the people of Vernon and Beauregard parishes, go to www.LAWorks.net.