In Nov. 24 IssueBy John ThompsonTimes Journal Reporter
Russell County Adult Education Director Rodney Johnson presented a new initiative out of the Russell County Career Center tailor made for local business; a qualified and motivated work force at this month's meeting of the chamber of commerce.
The new program, Ready4Work, is a program created to insure that the available workforce in Russell County have the necessary skills to give them an advantage when looking for a job and also to address concerns that face an available workforce.
Ready4Work is a dynamic program that takes into account needs of business and industry in our county and imparts those needs and basic job force skills to their clients in an effort to make for a more amenable situation between labor and business, Johnson said.
While the Adult Education Center works hard to prepare those looking to get their GED or prepare future college attendees, according to Johnson "more important than that we feel like we're in the business of helping people get jobs," which is often the end goal of getting a GED or college degree.
The program helps clients with increasing reliability through attendance, attitude and participation. Along with learning critical skills such as interviewing techniques and preparing a winning resume, clients also learn what is expected in the workforce, communication skills with co-workers and supervisors and how to follow directions.
A free class, the workshop requires potential clients to commit to six consecutive days of seven hours each. Currently the center is on their second rotation. The class will be offered once every two weeks.
The hard statistics show that adult education and workplace preparation works, and Russell County's Adult Education Center is recognized as one of the finest in the state, being placed in the "Excellence" category last year the state.
If you would like to learn more you can call or stop by the center at the Charlene Harris Educational Center, the old Russell Springs Elementary School, located on Hwy 80 at 848 W. Steve Wariner Dr. Office Hours: Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Extended hours on Tuesday and Thursday until 7 p.m. or call 270-866-8836.
• In other business the Chamber discussed the budget proposal for next year, with the numbers being ready for the December meeting. Also ready by December's meeting will be the nominating committee who will nominate new board members to serve a 3-year term. At that time they will also announce the president and vice president for the Russell County Chamber of Commerce for 2011.
• Announced was the chamber's annual "Shop at Home" campaign to try to make local consumers aware of the vital importance of spending shopping dollars within the community in which you live. The campaign will choose a $100 winner every week for the three weeks prior to Christmas through a drawing. To enter the contest, stop by any local bank to fill out an entrance slip.