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New Mexico Works to Hold Job Fair

LAS CRUCES--The New Mexico Works program will be holding a second Mini Job Fair Sept. 22 in Las Cruces to help welfare recipients move into the workforce.

At the fair, participants in the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program can receive job training and the opportunity for job placement.

The fair will feature Department of Labor representatives, computer training, General Education Development (GED) test training and Census Bureau representatives.

"The Census Bureau will be hiring 500 people, including numerous clerical people for Dona Ana County and 1,000 people for the region," said Ray Nieto, KRUX host for Oye Como Va, a radio program sponsored by New Mexico Works.

There also will be a forklift presentation. Luis Nolasco, instructor of the New Mexico Works program, will be representing the New Mexico Works Project Life Skills Program.

New Mexico State University's Cooperative Extension Service is helping New Mexicans make the transition from welfare to work. Extension and other agencies received grants from the State Department of Human Services Department to help implement the New Mexico Works Act of 1998.

Far goers can sign up in advance for a particular area of interest or indicate their interests at the fair.

Food stamp recipients will not be eligible for training, but can apply for jobs at the fair.

For more information, contact the New Mexico Works office at (505)523-7580.