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Fort Valley State to Hold Clinic for Peach County Job Seekers
Fort Valley State to Hold Clinic for Peach County Job Seekers


FORT VALLEY, GA. – Job seekers are invited to Thomas Public Library for a daylong event of free activities for work preparation and professional development. On Feb. 8, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., the following topics will be covered: finding a job and keeping it, basic computer training and résumé writing.

The library is located at 315 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive in Fort Valley.

Classes will be in Fort Valley State University’s 48-foot tractor-trailer that is equipped with computers. Participants can show up and are not required to pre-register; lunch and childcare will not be provided.

Attendees will have the opportunity to work one-on-one with experts to improve their interviewing skills and receive career counseling.

“We want to spoil participants for a day. We want all their needs to be met,” said Joy Moten-Thomas, assistant administrator for community development and outreach at Fort Valley State, who is coordinating the event. “In our research, we have discovered that 86 percent of the populations in the counties we serve are above the state and national unemployment averages.”

FVSU’s Cooperative Extension Program works with 30 counties, including Peach County, which has a 12 percent unemployment rate compared to the 9.6 percent national average, reported by the U.S. Bureau Labor of Statistics in 2010.

Moten-Thomas is partnering with the Georgia Department of Labor, Middle Georgia Technical College, Middle Georgia Consortium and Central Georgia Technical College to offer a range of expertise to help get Georgians employed.

This initiative is part of the newly revitalized community development area for FVSU’s Cooperative Extension Program, which receives federal funding to assists Georgians with not only work force preparation, but in areas such as homeownership, agriculture, youth development, family enrichment and health.

For more information, contact Moten-Thomas at 478-825-6954 or thomasb@fvsu.edu.

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