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Georgia's "New Connection"

Want to jump into the workforce but aren't sure how? You may want to consider a program at Southwest Georgia Technical College.

Natalie Irvin was a high school dropout that wanted a career but didn't know exactly what to do. Natalie then decided to take part in a program at Southwest Georgia Technical College called New Connections for Work.

Natalie Irvin, an admissions specialist, says, "They work with you through all directions of your life to help you and support you through, and they're just a wonderful program and I encourage anyone to go to them. I send students to them now."

The program provides displaced home workers and single parents with everything from career counseling to classes on how to create a resume, and when the sessions are complete, you get a little memento.

Ellen Terrell, the director of New Connection to Work, says, "I give them a rock because I tell them that when you throw a rock out into the water the ripples go out and touch everything and I want them to remember that every day."

Terrell says students who have gone through the program often stop in with stories of new success, and each time they receive a bigger rock.

New Connections for Work is offered at technical colleges all over the state of Georgia and it is free to participate.


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