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CARPENTRY FOR

WOMEN

PARTNERSHIP

TRI-COUNTY WORKFORCE ALLIANCE

AND

COAHOMA COMMUNITY COLLEGE


WHY A SECTORAL

EMPLOYMENT INITIATIVE

• Targets a particular type of occupation or

cluster of related occupations.

• Intervenes by becoming a valued actor

within the industry that employs that

occupation.

• Assists low-income people to obtain

decent employment with upward mobility.

• Creates systemic change within the

occupational regional labor market.


REASONS TO COME TO THE

TABLE

• To train low-skilled or unskilled labor force.

• To tap the unemployed or underemployed

population.

• To tap an occupation that was in high

demand.


PARTNERS

• Tri-County Workforce Alliance (Implementation Team)

• Charles Mott Foundation

• Coahoma Opportunities, Inc.

• National Economic Development and Law Center

• Department of Human Services

• Aaron E. Henry Health Center/Darts

• Coahoma Community College (CCC)

• CCC Career/Technical Education

• Clarksdale WIN Job Center

• TCWA Carpentry for Women Advisory Council


GETTING STARTED

• Conducted industry and labor market research

to identify occupations offering the greatest

opportunity.

• Reviewed the compilation of the survey

(compiled by Mississippi State University).

• Conducted a demographic research on a

targeted group of the unemployed or

underemployed population of women.

• Identified an Advisory Board (construction

industry, business, political, educational, job

training and human services representatives).


Recruitment

• Local Newspapers in each of the three

counties (Bolivar, Coahoma, Quitman)

Community Forums

• Worked through the Department of Human

Services and Mississippi Employment

Services.

• Distributed flyers to various businesses

and housing complexes


REQUIREMENTS

• 18 weeks of training

• Women 18 years old or older, unemployed or underemployed

• 40 hours of volunteer service to Habitat for Humanity

• Build a 30” x 40” doghouse (designed and approved by the National

Occupational Testing Institute)

• Participate in daily physical fitness activities

• Nightly attendance (6-9 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday)

• Complete course work / Internship requirements

• Participate in graduation ceremonies

• File an application

• Take a TABE and BETA II test

• Participate in an interview

• Participate in Orientation

• Go on site visits


SELECTION PROCESS

• Testing

– TABE Level B (Math, Reading, Language

Arts)

– BETA II (Hands on activities)

• Interviews

– Team (made up of construction workers,

instructor for course and counselor, TCWA

Board Members and Department of Human

Services representative and Mississippi

Employment Services.


ORIENTATION

• Get acquainted Activity

• Introduction of Staff

• Introduction of criteria for program

• Rules and regulations for participation and

attendance

• Support Services (transportation, child

care, stipend, tools and uniform)

• Mentor/Mentee Program


Carpentry Curriculum

• Safety

• Hand Tools and Processes

• Basic Blueprint Reading

• Trades Mathematics

• Computer Skills

• Principles of Machine Operation

• Knowledge and use of materials and supplies for rough framing

• Roofing

• Interior and exterior Finish

• Basic electrical theory and wiring

• Basic plumbing theory and application

• Flooring


Life Skills Curriculum

• How to choose child care

• Attitude and self esteem

• Health

• Balancing work and family

• Team building

• Workplace skills

• Career planning

• Job stress

• Sexual harassment

• Resume writing

• Interview skills

• Work ethics

• Finding and keeping a job


FACULTY AND STAFF

• Anne Shelton-Clark - Director

• Larry Barrett –Carpentry Instructor

• Margaret McGlown – Counselor

• Lee Goliday – Job Placement/Intern Director

• Bessie Thompson – Physical Fitness and

Strengthening Instructor

• Herdicene Hardy – Test Coordinator

• Tana Vassel – Fiscal Agent


CHANGES

• Changed household income

• Earned GEDs

• Helped to construct their own homes

• Helped to construct area businesses

(Acquilla Plant, Grand Casino)

• Helped to build Habitat home (community

service project)

• Enhancement of business owership

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