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New organization hopes to prepare women for work force

Staff Writer
More than a year of research and planning and an approval to become an N.C. nonprofit corporation were all in hopes by organizers of Lincoln Ready to Work to prepare women for the work force. This fall, they hope those efforts will pay off.
Lincoln Ready to Work is set to kick off its first class in September, focusing on helping under-privileged women acquire the skills they will need to land and keep jobs.
The group comes in response to a meeting with various community groups and discussions of what needs weren’t being met in Lincoln County. The results of various conversations narrowed in on a lack of job development in regards to job placement assistance and mentoring, Director of Admissions Ruth Baker told the Times-News Monday.
The volunteer board from Denver runs the free, two-week program that teaches skills today’s woman should have before she starts seeking employment. The program is designed to assist women in the Lincoln County area to become self-sufficient through education, guidance and support in a nurturing, safe and confidential atmosphere, Baker said.
The workshops focus on resume-writing, mock interviews and basic knowledge in programs like Microsoft Office, while encouraging the women to accomplish their goals.
“Two unique aspects of this program are in place to further support participants,” Baker said. “Each woman will be paired with a mentor who will provide individual coaching and support. The volunteer staff is also working with local businesses to identify entry-level job opportunities.”
After participants complete the program, the mentors and rest of the staff will continue to work with the women during the job search process to ensure the group’s goal of creating a “successful match” between the student and the employer.
The board of directors and a few local churches have funded the project so far.
Participants must be at least 18 years old, hold either a high school diploma or its equivalent and have reliable transportation among other criteria.
To register for an information session or to learn about eligibility, call (704) 530-1369 or email lincolnreadytowork@gmail.com. Dates and times of sessions will be disclosed at the time of the inquiry.
The deadline to register for the fall class in September is Aug. 1. Classes will be held at Mentaur Learning Center, 3130 N. Highway 16 in Denver.

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