New Jobs For Life class begins Tuesday
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Jun 16, 2013 | 741 views | 0 0 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend | print


Bradley Cleveland Community Services Agency has announced the beginning of a new session of its job training program, Jobs For Life.

The new class will begin June 18 and continue for eight weeks. Participants will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2 to 4 p.m.

Jobs For Life is a comprehensive training program that takes a holistic approach as it teaches people job skills. The participants who graduate from the program will have participated in classes meant to help them become ready to find work and be successful employees.

Many job training programs have been around for some time, but the Jobs For Life program is different than some in that it approaches work-related scenarios from a Christian perspective.

Launched in 1996, Jobs For Life is an international nonprofit organization based in Raleigh-Durham, N.C. Through a strategy that combines work readiness training, biblical principles and volunteer mentoring, the program enables community organizations to become Jobs For Life sites, fully equipped to provide job training, ongoing assistance and hope to those who struggle finding and keeping employment.

Today, there are Jobs For Life sites located in 180 cities and 40 states serving approximately 3,500 men and women per year. Those sites include urban and suburban churches, shelters, prisons and re-entry programs, ministries to at-risk youth, community development corporations, rescue missions, faith-based crime prevention programs, YMCAs, faith-based substance abuse recovery programs, community nonprofits and many more.

The No. 1 quality companies look for in their employees is character, yet the program claims that many who struggle with finding and keeping employment do not have access to community support systems or exhibit the characteristics needed to help them experience success in the marketplace.

Churches and community-based organizations use the program as a resource to help people learn character and become connected to a community of support, allowing them to achieve not only success at work but also success at life.

The class is free, and the one meeting at the agency is open to both men and women who need help learning new job skills as they search for employment. Some Jobs For Life classes, like the one hosted by the Christian Women’s Job Corp in Cleveland, are only open to those of a certain gender.

Anyone interested in the program can call Bradley Cleveland Community Services Agency at 479-4111, ext. 113, or visit its office at 155 6th St., S.E. Hours of operation are from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.