Seasoned Workforce, in conjunction with the Rockland CareerCenter and some local businesses, will host a Seasoned Worker Forum on Friday, Jan. 22 from 9 a.m. to noon at the CareerCenter in the Breakwater Marketplace.

“We’re starting to crawl out of the worst recession many of us have ever seen — but we’re coming out of it with many new opportunities and 2010 will be a much better year,” said Dave Tomm, president of the Seasoned Workforce of Rockland, in a news release. “We’re a clever, industrious people and we’re slowly getting back to work to rebuild our economy. What’s different now is that we’ll need workers of all ages for existing and several emerging industries. With a shrinking workforce and far fewer younger people in the labor pipeline, seasoned workers will need to continue working in some capacity. Our Seasoned Worker Forums investigate the problems and the opportunities for older workers through open discussions with area businesses.”

The Seasoned Worker Forum is an opportunity to learn more about these issues, contribute ideas, improve hire potential, and even discover job opportunities. For more information and to reserve a spot, call 596-2600 or visit seasonedworkforce.com.

The event is funded in part by a grant awarded under the president’s Community-Based Job Training Grants, as implemented by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment & Training Administration, in collaboration with Maine’s Four Workforce Investment Boards. There is no cost to attendees.