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Goodwill enrolling women for 'Beyond Jobs' employment program

3:21 PM, Mar 8, 2013   |    comments
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The Knoxville area Goodwill is helping under or unemployed women gain better traction in the work force thanks to a $7.7 million grant from Walmart.

According to Goodwill, only 26% of women who lost their jobs in the recession regained them.

They're hoping to this program can make a difference.

Each woman who enrolls in 'Beyond Jobs' receives personalized career counseling, resume help, and financial planning courses.

Pammy Velado recently finished a medical assistant program, when she enrolled with Beyond jobs.

"It's really helped me a lot," says Velado. "It's been a great asset to me, I feel very fortunate to have this program."

Velado says she just finished mock interviews with her career counselor.

When the real thing rolls around, the program doesn't end- Goodwill continues to offer support.

"Once they get a job then we are going to follow them for six months," says Goodwill Employment Services Coordinator Talia Cunetto. "If something comes up, if there's a problem in the work place we can do what we're able to do to help them retain the employment they've gotten."

So far they have about 30 women enrolled, says Cunetto, but they're still accepting more.

People who are interested can stop by their Bearden location during business hours, call, or attend information sessions regularly held at 2 p.m. on Fridays.

For more on the program click here 

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