By Patrick McCallister
For Hometown News
ORANGE CITY - The One-Stop Employment Center recently moved from its long familiar pad at 1382 S. Woodland Blvd., Woodland Plaza, DeLand. The center set up shop there in 2000 after relocating from East New York Avenue.
The center is now at 822-1 Saxon Blvd., in Orange City's Marketplace Shopping Center.
"Think of it as a perfect storm in a positive way," Lou Paris, communications manager for the Center for Business Excellence, said. "Our lease was up, and there's a business there in (Woodland Plaza), Frontier Communications, that wanted to expand."
And about 60 percent of the DeLand One-Stop customers lived in Southwest Volusia, Deltona, DeBary and Orange City. Many take buses to the job-hunt assistance center. From Deltona or DeBary, that often meant getting two buses. The Marketplace Shopping Center serves as a bus transfer center, meaning all the Deltona, DeBary and DeLand routes start and end there.
"One of the things we took into account was public transportation," Mr. Paris said. "We happen to have a bus exchange right there. When they get on the bus, they can get exactly to our location."
One-Stop will be at its current address for a couple of months, then move to its permanent home, 840-27 Saxon Blvd., also in the Marketplace Shopping Center.
Mr. Paris said DeLand residents can still go to satellite offices, called Mini Career Links.
"We still have two locations in Deland," he said. "One is at the Agriculture and Labor Program at 1326 E. International Speedway Blvd. The other is the (Spring Hill Community Resource Center) at 910 S. Adelle Ave."
Those centers have computers and intermittent assistance. Workshops will be held at the new Orange City location. However, Mr. Paris said One-Stop workshops will soon be something people can attend anywhere there's an Internet connection, including the Mini Career Links.
"We're developing stuff that's way ahead of the curve with e-learning," he said. "We have webinar capabilities."
In addition to the Orange City location, there's a One-Stop Center at 359 Bill France Blvd., Daytona Beach. For more information, visit www.onestops.com.