Town takes STEP to jobs

First Posted: 10/1/2013

RED SPRINGS — Area residents will get a chance next week to take part in a series of free classes to better prepare themselves for finding jobs or advancing a career.

Classes will be held at the Red Springs Community Building or the American Legion Building. They start on Monday and will focus on job readiness, basic computer skills and food handling.

These classes are being offered as part of the Red Springs’ Small Towns Economic Prosperity Program. It is a partnership between the STEP, the town, Robeson Community College, and the Center for Community Action.

Red Springs received STEP designation in 2010, and a committee made up of town officials, business owners and residents defined four areas for which Red Springs could most benefit from spending $100,000 — youth entrepreneurship, leadership, broadening education, and physical design.

Mac Legerton of the Center for Community Action, said this part of the effort, which is being called “Red Springs STEP to Jobs” will provide more off-campus community college classes that anywhere in the county.

“This is major opportunity for those living in the Red Springs area to take advantage of these career-oriented courses,” Legerton said. “We want to assist our citizens in entering and advancing in careers and finding jobs in those careers. Our main objective is to help people move out of poverty and break the cycle generational poverty.”

Students can reserve a class seat by calling the Center for Community Action at 910-739-7851.

Here is a listing of the classes, times and short descriptions:

— The job readiness class will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday to Oct. 11 at the Red Springs Community Building.

The class will focus on developing employable skills, such as communication and problem-solving. Students that complete this course will receive a job readiness certification, a document preferred by many local employers prior to employment, officials said.

— The class on basic computer skills will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for fours consecutive Wednesdays, beginning on Oct. 9 at the American Legion Building.

This course tries to assess an individual’s technology literacy, develop a moderate comfort level of basic computer skills, and help to compile resume, cover letters, applications, and electronic employment portfolios. Students who complete this course will receive the basic computer skills certification.

— The food handling course will be held 6 to 9 p.m. on Oct. 11, 14, 15, 17 and 21 at the Red Springs Community Building.

This course will covers basic food safety, personal hygiene, cross-contamination and allergens, time and temperature and cleaning/sanitation. At the end of the course, students can opt to take the ServSafe national certification. This certification is required by commercial food establishments.