By MATT CRANE
For women looking for better opportunities and knowledge in both life and workplace skills, the Christian Women’s Job Corps is looking to offer not a handout, but a hand up.
Offering free training services for job and life skills, site coordinator Amanda Thornton said all eligible women from Clay, Lowndes and Oktibbeha counties were welcome to come and take part in the program’s helpful services.
“This ministry helps them find out who they are in Christ both in confidence and stability,” she said. “Some women are working and trying to get a promotion or better job while others coming to us are unemployed.”
Moving to Starkville from Tyler, Texas, Thornton — former executive director of CWJC in Tyler — said she was thankful for God dropping her back into the work in which she fell in love.
“I thought my days with the organization were over, but I contacted the Baptist Association and they were needing someone here,” she said. “From writing better resumes to stand out in the job pool to highlighting their strengths and putting their best foot forward, I have always loved helping people. I want to help women get ahead.”
With the current spring class in its fifth training week, Thornton said while the organization began with larger classes — the current class contains nine participants — working in a more intimate setting allowed for better connections and results.
“We like to keep it small because we have a mentoring component when women from the community teams up with our participants as job coaches and prayer partners,” she said. “We want to know each participant by name, know what her strengths are and really focus on each person on an individual basis.”
Current CWJC participant Teri Henson said she had thoroughly enjoyed her involvement with the program thus far.
“This is way for me to improve my computer skills which I never had before and hopefully that can help me find a better paying job,” she said. “I have known Amanda (Thornton) since she moved to Starkville and she has brought this program up to what it is today.”
Henson said the program was for any women who might be down on luck and need a hand up when it came to working through life and the current job market.
“It is worthwhile for any woman willing to put the time and effort in it because it is a great way to improve your job skills,” she said. “The organizers have created a very safe and nurturing environment for all of us.”
With an April 23 program graduation date on the horizon, Henson said she was happy with the progress she had made and the future ahead.
“This is a great program and the benefits at the end are going to be amazing.”
For more information on the Golden Triangle Christian Women’s Job Corps, visit http://www.cwjcgtms.org .