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Youth Can Receive Job Skills Training At Center

By Staff | Dec 14, 2010

Pictured from left class instructor Terry Evans, student James Nichols, job coach JoDell Ritchea, and NPWIB’s Kelly Zelek and Christine Smith participate in a Skills 4 Success class at the New Martinsville Workforce WV Career Center located in the New Martinsville Plaza.

The Northern Panhandle Workforce Investment Board, Inc., in coordination/cooperation with the West Virginia Division of Rehabilitation Services (WVDRS) and RESA 6, is offering free job skills training classes for youth with disabilities, ages 14-24, at its regional Workforce WV Career Centers. The project is made possible through a generous grant in the amount of $53,735.

Eligibility for participation in the Skills 4 Success project will be based on the following three factors: A physical or mental condition that interferes with a youth’s ability to get or keep a job; a benefit will result from services received in terms of an employment outcome; and a need for vocational rehabilitation services to get or keep a job.

The three areas of self-paced curriculum training are computer skills training, personal development training, and job readiness. As an additional incentive, a gift card will be provided to those youth who successfully complete at least two out of the three Skills 4 Success training project curriculum areas. Since its inception in May, attendance has gained in all of the regional Workforce WV Career Centers and the NPWIB hopes the program will continue and encourages interested persons to participate now.

Under computer skills training, students learn basic keyboarding, internet navigation, Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel. In the area of personal development, training students are instructed in the areas of setting goals, money management, self-esteem, parenting/family development, stress/time management, and healthy lifestyles. Lastly, students are prepared for job readiness by way of job search assistance, and instruction of resume writing, letters of application, interviewing skills, career planning, organizational skills, and communications.

The classes are under the instruction of Terry Evans of Moundsville, and job coaching is provided by JoDell Ritchea of New Martinsville. Additionally, local school systems are aiding in the project by offering bus transportation to and from the career centers.

Local cooperating schools include Magnolia High School and Valley High School.

Classes are underway at New Martinsville’s Workforce WV Career Center, located at 257 North state Route 2 in the New Martinsville Plaza. Classes take place Wednesdays from noon to 3:30 p.m., and Thursdays from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Participation in this project is free.

For more information on eligibility, class schedules, or center locations call Kelly or Christine at 304-231-1170. New Martinsville’s Workforce WV career center can be reached at 304-455-6184.