Thursday, September 3, 2009
Youth skills program relocates office in Holly Springs
There was an error in an article last week about the E-Win Center.
Three Rivers Planning and Development District is continuing to fund the youth skills education program in Holly Springs, according to Bill Renick with Three Rivers.
The statement by Betty Yates that the program had been dropped in Holly Springs is incorrect, he said.
“The youth skills program operated by Arbor Education and Training has not been dropped and is still being funded by Three Rivers,” Renick said. “The Arbor program has moved to a new location in Holly Springs at 154 East College Avenue They moved because of space issues. The E-Win Center has no ties whatsoever to the youth program being operated by Arbor.”
The youth skills program is being relocated next door to Jennie’s Flowers & Gifts off the square in Holly Springs, and the office is expected to be operational sometime during the second week of September.
The program coordinator locally is Catina Folsom. She offered a temporary phone number by which the youth program can be contacted until the new office has a telephone installed - 662-291-0469.
The youth skills education program works with individuals between ages 18 and 21, said area director Clarence Nelson.
Learners who do not have a high school diploma must sign up to prepare to take the GED exam in order to be eligible for further training.
The program consists of 25 hours of CEO training where learners gain job market skills which include dressing for success, resume writing, how to go to a live interview, basic job readiness skills and 25 additional hours in computer training in the WINKeys program, Nelson said.
The WINKeys program helps refresh and strengthen math, reading and language skills.
After the completion of the initial 50 hours of training, learners test for career readiness and then may enter the work experience program where the youth skills program pays their salary while they get on-the-job experience with a cooperating local employer, Nelson said.
Those individuals who successfully complete the GED will be encouraged to either go to college, or to get a job in the military or Job Corps or elsewhere, he said.
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