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Owens to offer free job training for ages 50+

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HANCOCK COUNTY, OH (Toledo News Now) -

Handbags That Help has awarded Owens Community College a grant to cover the tuition of its 50+ Job Ready training for people living in Hancock County and those served by the Owens Findlay-area campus. HTH is a women's giving circle formed by local women committed to dramatically improving lives throughout the greater Hancock County community.

The 10-week course kicks off for its fourth season April 4 from 9-12 p.m. and continues every Friday until June 13. Each class is three hours and is free to anyone in Hancock County over the age of 50.

"The 50+ Job Ready training course meets a valuable need to help advance the career and employment opportunities for anyone over 50 in Hancock County," said Gary Corrigan, Ph.D., Workforce and Community Services at Owens. "Age shouldn't be seen as a barrier to employment and advancement by those who find themselves out of work."

Programs like these are vital to helping people who may have been out of a working environment to feel comfortable with getting back to work. 

"They feel - in a sense - 'Am I of any value?' They begin to doubt if they can do things. And all of a sudden, it just takes a little training and a little networking, and suddenly they have a great deal of confidence," explained Corrigan.

The training will focus on four areas that may not have been around 20 years ago:

-Technology in the Workplace: Learn to navigate Microsoft Windows, Internet basics and how to work with corporate-style e-mail and communication tools.

-Issues in Today's Workplace: Brush up on business writing skills, learn time management skills and how to perform with confidence.

-People in Today's Workplace: Learn to build effective work relationships, deal with difficult people and meet the expectations of today's customers.

-Getting Hired: Learn to assess yourself, set goals, excel in an interview, and keep the job once you're hired.

Class size is limited. For more information, contact Gary Corrigan at gary_corrigan@owens.edu or call 567-661-7357 to register.

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