Adults and out of school youth who would like to improve their chances of getting a job can take advantage of a new, free program. The Chamber’s Foundation is partnering with Columbia-Montour Area Vocational-Technical School (CMAVTS) to help people strengthen skills needed to pursue and start employment. Skills That Pay is a new program is being made possible with funding provided by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and 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
Sessions will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on November 9, 11, 16 and 18 at CMAVTS, 5050 Sweppenheiser Drive, Bloomsburg.
Upon successful completion of the ten modules, participants will be awarded a certificate of completion and have the opportunity to interview with local employers, including Bloomsburg Carpet, Design Group, Dyco, and Great Dane. A goal is for every graduate to be offered at least one job opportunity.