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Skills That Pay



Adults and out of school youth who would like to improve their chances of getting a job can soon take advantage of a new, free program. The Foundation of the Columbia Montour Chamber of Commerce (The Foundation) is partnering with Columbia-Montour Area Vocational-Technical School (CMAVTS) to help people strengthen skills needed to pursue and start employment. This new program is being made possible with funding provided by the Columbia County Commissioners through the CARES Act.

The program will help individuals develop a portfolio useful in pursuing employment, entering military service or college. Participants will cover the following topics over four, three hour sessions:

· Explore your value system to determine how it affects your job performance

· Demonstrate communication skills

· Demonstrate proper grooming and dress for success

· Work as part of a team

· Identify and describe safety practices and procedures

· Evaluate employer – employee relations

· Write an effective cover letter

· Prepare an effective resume

· Complete application forms

· Participate in a mock job interview

Upon successful completion of the ten modules, participants will be awarded a certificate of completion. Local employers are invited to participate by interviewing the graduates. A goal is for every graduate to be offered at least one job opportunity.

The Foundation is excited to announce that this program will be the first offered in the new Adult Education Center being developed at CMAVTS. The Center will also be able to provide specialized training programs for businesses. This partnership, financed by a grant from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and the Columbia County Commissioners, will help to ensure that our area is able to meet the needs of area employers today and in the future.

The first foundational employment skills program will be offered this Fall. Individuals and businesses interested in learning more should contact Jeffrey Emanuel, director of The Foundation at foundation@columbiamontourchamber.com or 570-784-2522.

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