Special from Mid-Cumberland 

peggy cookPeggy Cook is a Career Advisor for Mid-Cumberland in the Dresden American Job Center. Peggy is one of the many employees whom actually used the America Job Center Services and would like to to share her experience.

My name is Peggy Cook. In 2013 I lost my job of 28 years due to my company closing. I was devastated. I was 80 years old but not ready to retire. I received unemployment for six months while searching for a job. At this age employment seemed impossible. Someone told me to go to the American Job Center in Dresden. I went to the center and was told about the Senior Community Service Employment Program. In June 2014, I started working atthe Dresden Center through the SCSEP as a receptionist.

After one year Mrs. Jennifer Bane had enough faith in my abilities that she offered me a job as a Re-Employment Services and Eligibility Assessment Advisor with Dyersburg State Community College. I was very happy to have that opportunity. I worked that job until 2017 when the position was transferred and I was once again without employment. After a two week layoff, I was offered a position back at the Center as a One Stop Assistant. I accepted this position and worked until 2018. Due to changes in contracts I was facing the chance of getting laid off again. I was fortunate enough tocontinue working with the new company Odle Management. Once again, due to changes in contracts I was facing the chance of getting laid off. I was once again fortunate enough to continue employment with the new company, Mid-Cumberland, which brings me to where I am today. With the help of the SCSEP program I learned the skill set needed to continue working. I have enjoyed all my positions at the Job Center and all the great co-workers. I like working with people and trying to help them. Since I have experienced many lay-offs I know what customers are going through. I enjoy reading the feedback on the survey cards so I can see how the public thinks I am doing and what I need to improve.

It is my hope that no one leaves the Dresden American Job Center and say they were not greeted with a friendly smile and treated with the upmost respect and dignity that they deserve. I hope my story will encourage someone to continue on and remember it’s never to late to start a new career.