On September 30, 2013, the San Diego Workforce Partnership (SDWP) News headlined “Open – Bank of America Merrill Lynch Career Center, reporting, “The new San Diego Central Library…offers free career development services to job seekers…made possible through a $400,000 donation from Bank of America Merrill Lynch.”
On the 5th floor, the CDL (Central Downtown Library) site is managed by KRA Corporation for the SDWP as a satellite of its multi-site San Diego Metro Region Career Centers operation, providing individual and small-group career counseling, job-skills training, and specialized services for Veterans and bilingual customers. Job-Readiness Workshops (JRW) offer computer orientation, resume development, interview skills, and other classes to prepare jobseekers for the workplace.
Mary Jo Asuncion supervises the CDL site, reporting , “Our Career Agents make finding a job, or transitioning careers, a more successful experience for our jobseekers. In addition to weekdays, we are open the first Saturday of each month for customers unable to visit us during the week.
We are averaging more than 40 customer-visits a day, so we increased our original JRW schedule from every-other-Friday to every day! Business, for both our jobseeker- and employer-customers, is booming, and we look forward to another productive year—and beyond!”