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Testing For U.S. Census Takers Available At SVHEC

Testing for U.S. Census takers is under way, and there are job opportunities for individuals to work as census takers in Halifax County.

The Southern Virginia Higher Education Center’s (SVHEC) Workforce Services is partnering with Halifax County Census Recruiters to offer testing for potential census takers.

Census takers work independently within their communities to assist with the completion of the census.

According to Halifax County Census Recruiter Don Wilkerson, census takers are paid $12 per hour and receive mileage reimbursement at a rate of $.50 per mile.

The first step in seeking employment as a census taker is to take a paper and pencil test.  Testing will be available at the SVHEC at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Feb. 6, 9, 16, 20 and 23.

On Feb. 10 testing will be offered at 5:30 p.m. Because of limited seating, anyone interested in working as a census taker must pre-register for the test with SVHEC Workforce Services by calling 572-5440 or toll-free (800) 283-0098.

Testing for census takers is free, and the results are received immediately. Test takers will need to bring acceptable forms of identification on the day of testing. A valid passport or a valid driver’s license with a social security card or a valid driver’s license with a birth certificate are acceptable forms of identification.

“Being a census taker is good part time work and money, and it’s service to our country,” Wilkerson said.

Nettie Simon-Owens, SVHEC director of Workforce Services and Operations, agreed, “This is an excellent opportunity for students attending classes at the SVHEC as well as other citizens to serve our country and work part-time. The opportunity to work with Mr. Wilkerson in this manner certainly aligns with our workforce services goal of assisting employers.”