The Texas Christian Women’s Job Corps has a new location to call their own. They will now be located at 2410 Coggin Avenue.
Their new home was christened at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday with a ribbon cutting. Those in attendance included members of the Brownwood Chamber of Commerce, Austin Avenue Church, Coggin Avenue Church, members of the Family Services Center Staff, Board members for the Texas Christian Women’s Job Corp as well as staff and faculty.
TCWJC is an organization which works with women who need support and aid in getting a job. The women who attend the corp are women who want to work, but need additional skills to acquire the job.
Women attend classes at the corp including the basics such as reading, writing and mathematics, but they also attend life-oriented classes. In the life-oriented classes they learned skills such as balancing a checkbook, managing a budget, basic cooking and building a resume.
Their most comprehensive training, however, is in the usage of computers. Since we live in a digital age, being proficient in technology is crucial. The women attend six hours of classes in the use and benefits of using computers.
The classes are taught in 12 week semesters. Their days begin at 9 a.m. and they attend classes until 3 p.m. They begin their day with an hour long bible study.
For the ladies with children, the corp pays for the child care needed. Everything the corp provides is at no cost to the women, but each women must commit to the program 100 percent.
Prior to the new location, TCWJC was located in the Family Services Center building.
“We love Family Services Center and we were blessed to be there, but God has called us here,” said Patricia Boland, site coordinator.
The building located on Coggin was generously donated by Mette Lundsgaard, the math teacher for TCWJC.
Boland thanked Lundsgaard for the donation, everyone for attending and God for making their new location a reality.
“Nothing good happens here without God,” said Boland.
Once a prayer of thanksgiving was said, everyone who made the new location a reality grouped together and cut the ribbon signifying the official opening of the new location.
The Texas Christian Women’s Job Corps will also host an open house from 3-6 p.m. on March 19.
In other TCWJC news, the corps has planned their first fund-raiser since the move. They will host The Heart of Texas Christian Women’s Job Corps Volleyball Tournament beginning at 10 a.m. on April 6 at the Brownwood Middle School gymnasiums. The gym will open at 8 a.m. to allow for warm ups. The cost will be $10 per player with a maximum of $50 per team.
Participants can sign up at Weakly Watson Sporting Goods or the CWJC Offices. Deadline is Saturday, March 30.
For all spectators, there will be a $2 admission fee. Concessions for the event will be provided by Brownwood High School’s Project Graduation.
Residents and businesses will also have the opportunity to become a supporter. The supporter’s fee will be $100.
For more information about TCWJC, call (325) 643-1788.