A new Transform Scott County class is aiming to combat unemployment and underemployment.

The free class, called Jobs for Life, is set to begin March 7 with the goal being to prepare people for better employment opportunities. For eight weeks, participants will meet from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Ed Davis Learning Center.

“It covers a wide range of topics,” said Nathaniel Price, president of Transform Scott County.

Jobs for Life is a nondenominational ministry-based class that teaches everything from ethics, conflict resolution, preparing for job interviews, preparing a resume and retaining a job.

“It’s a discussion-based class,” Price said. “Instructors help facilitate those discussions.”

The class should also help participants assess their job-related skills so they can choose something that’s right for them.

But instructors will also follow a curriculum from the global nonprofit organization Jobs for Life.

Transform Scott County has been planning the class for about six months with hopes that it will help the community of unemployed and underemployed within the county. 

“This’ll be the first time that we offer Jobs for Life,” Price said.

According to the Kentucky Career Center, Scott County’s unemployment rate was 3.3 percent in December 2016, but that number can be deceiving, Price said.

“Employment is a common denominator of struggle for people,” Price said.

Addiction and other issues that plague the county factor into people’s ability to maintain good jobs, for example. 

Scott County’s fairly high housing expenses also present a problem, Price said. People who earn wages struggle to meet the cost of living in the county.

“We’re a little naive to the issues that are facing us in Scott County,” Price said.

Jobs for Life should be a class that continues, but Transform Scott County is focusing on the first class and worrying about longterm plans later.

“We’re hoping that this becomes a regular part of our work,” Price said.

“Our intent is to get one done and do it well,” he added.

Eventually, Price hopes the program can partner with businesses in the community to provide job opportunities after the class is over, he said. It won’t guarantee participants a job, but “we can increase the possibility,” Price said.

Those interested in the class can call Transform Scott County at 502-642-0982 for more information or to register.

Kelli stokes can be reached at kstokes@news-graphic.com

 

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