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New Program to Help Individuals Build Employment Skills

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.

Additional information and the registration form is at or by contacting Jeffrey Emanuel, director of The Foundation at or 570-784-2522.

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