With the current economy, it can be tough to find a job, even with an education. One program is helping train local people who struggled in school so they can become part of the workforce. It is not your typical classroom. For about 20 people looking to become a part of the workforce, it is where trades are learned. “You get to learn 4 trades at the same time. It's electrical, carpentry, plumbing, and H-VAC,” said Kevin Welsh, a Project Uplift student. In May, community outreach program, City wide, partnered with Cape Fear Community College's continuing education department to create Project Uplift. The program is designed to help those facing unemployment, or with limited education, to learn the skills they need to get a job. Sharron Cain is the program coordinator. She said, “We give them all the components and they graduate with a certificate. Then they can move on and work under someone on their apprenticeship.” Teachers combine classroom lecturing with hands on practice to provide complete education during the ten week program. Organizers hope it helps keep jobs in our area. “We can hire our local people to be able to give back into the community,” said director Sabrina Malloy. Members of the current Project Uplift class say they are proud when they get to put their skills to work on projects. They say they are really looking forward to when they start applying for jobs after their graduation on November 21st. Project Uplift also has an administrative training program that takes place at the Hillcrest Community Center. For more information on either of the programs call City Wide Career Development Center at 383-1724.
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