Patricia Boland, site coordinator for Brownwood's Christian Women's Jobs Corps, announced the taking of applications for the Spring semester, starting Feb. 10, the nineteenth in the history of the organization.
Before the Spring semester begins, CWJC will host their annual Super Bunco tournament, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, at the Central United Methodist Church, 1501 2nd St. A $20 donation will be accepted at the door and refreshments, including a popcorn buffet, will be served. The tournament is one of the two main fundraisers for the organization, each year, followed by a volleyball tournament in the Spring.
The Spring semester of classes has openings for twelve students. Women of all ages are welcomed, with past students ranging in age from 19 to 74.
"We offer classes to women making a transition to a better job, self-sufficiency, or to a world of work," said Boland.
The organization provides all necessary materials for the varied courses, lunch each day, pre-school daycare, clothing for interviews and office atmospheres, and motivation, via the mentoring program. The only thing the student must bring is dedication.
"We consider our mentor program the real key to our success," Boland said, "Each student is paired with a mentor who encourages and challenges them."
"Everything here is provided free, because of the investments by local businesses, individuals, and volunteers," Boland added.
Classes cover several topics, including six hours of computer training per week, setting priorities, money management, relationship building, resume writing, interview techniques, math, business writing, cooking/meal planning/nutrition, and Bible study. New this semester is an introduction to Quickbooks accounting software. Last semester's classes were presented by 26 volunteer teachers.
Additional presentations from area universities, colleges, and technical/vocational schools will occur throughout the semester.
To prepare students for job searches, a human resources professional conducts mock interviews and instructs them on proper presentation.
Boland said, "We have had one student hired directly from the mock interview and others have been called back, later."
In a previous interview, recent graduate Jamye Poe added, "The mock interviews were very helpful."
The organization's site coordinator's have related several success stories from the previous classes, but one that stands out is that, according to Boland, 80 percent of last Spring's graduates are now working.
Applications are available 24 hours, from a box at the front of the CWJC building, located at 2410 Coggin Ave., or to visit and learn more about the program, call (325)643-1788 for office hours or appointment. Persons interested in taking classes, volunteering, contributing or participating in other ways can also email firstname.lastname@example.org.