Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Job Corps sites in Miss. & Texas honored

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (BP) -- Christian Women's Job Corps sites in Philadelphia, Miss., and San Marcos, Texas, have received this year's top honors from the Woman's Missionary Union Foundation.

The two CWJCs, which receive a $1,800 grant each, are part of WMU's national network to equip disadvantaged women for life and employment, offering weekly Bible studies and job training, while also pairing them with mentors for encouragement and accountability.

CWJC of Philadelphia, Miss., established in 2008, offers a Jobs for Life program that includes computer basics, budget training and a clothes closet with clothing appropriate for job interviews.

Site coordinator Sandi Lewis added that the site's one-on-one mentoring sets it apart from secular training programs in the community.

And the site's Jobs for Life curriculum "is biblically-based," Lewis said, "so it addresses issues that [other skills training] programs do not."

Lewis said the site will use the WMU grant to purchase additional GED resources and computer tables for use during classes. Currently, the nine computers used in training are on tables that are too high to comfortably use in an hour-long class, Lewis said.

"There are enough roadblocks to overcome for our ladies," she said, "and having them practice computer skills at desks that are at the correct level will make the process easier and more comfortable."


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