Naperville Career Center Makes Job-Hunting Easier

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Byline: Lorilyn Rackl Daily Herald Staff Writer

Finding a job may be a little easier beginning Sept. 19.

That's the grand opening of Naperville's new Community Career Center. It's a place where people can conduct job searches, put resumes together and get career advice.

Funded primarily through donations from local businesses and churches, the center is housed at the Firstar Bank, 1971 Gowdey Road, on the city's northwest side.

It will have morning and evening hours Monday through Thursday and be open, free of charge, to everyone.

The center already placed one person in a job: Judie Lukes of Naperville.

Lukes has been hired as its executive director.

She recently left her position as a teacher in the communications department at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb to head the career center.

The center will provide services that many people are afraid to admit they need, Lukes said.

"My biggest concern is that people aren't talking about this issue," she said. "They're ashamed. There's a feeling that if you're not working, you're not valid."

But Napervillians view unemployment as a concern, according to a United Way survey conducted a few years ago. Respondents pegged unemployment as one of the top three concerns in the city, along with mental health issues and domestic violence. …