MARCH 10, 2004

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Rose State launches pilot EmPower Works program

EmPower Works, a pilot program developed with a unique mission to provide work-based learning experiences for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) recipients, was recently launched at Rose State College.

Funded by a $150,000 grant from the Department of Human Services, the program's purpose is to provide work-based learning to those students who do not choose traditional classroom training programs. The first of its kind in the state, the program focuses on work-based learning experiences three days per week, with two days per week in the classroom.

The classroom training will provide job readiness and life skills, and the on-the-job work activities will take place in a variety of work sites. A full-time job coach will provide support to the work sites and students in the field.

"EmPower Works is about learning to manage life and work experiences and to create a positive work history," said EmPower Works Director Pam Emmons. "In a depressed economy, and increasingly competitive job market, employers are seeking experienced workers who understand the requirements of work. EmPower Works is designed to give its participants this competitive edge."

For more information, contact Emmons at (405) 670-1755.