Teaching people skills which will help them not only land a new job, but stand out as an employee once they begin working was the message delivered to members of the Harlan Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday.
Dottie Nolan, work readiness training facilitator with the Center for Rural Development, said their “Fast Forward to Work” program is an intensive work-readiness training, which can be completed in one day.
She said this workshop uses focused content, hands-on exercises and dynamic discussions led by certified professional instructors to get those participating up to speed on critical workplace skills such as communications, customer service and employer expectations and workplace principals.
“This is all free,” said Nolan. “We’ll help you discover what your communication style is, and in doing so, you’ll be able to successfully work with and for people whose styles may differ from yours. We’ll teach you what truly defines excellent customer service, and how you can use proper techniques to satisfy customers with various communication styles and expectations as well as customers who may be angry or confrontational.”
Nolan said employers may call to set up appointments for instructors to come to their workplace and conduct this program or a time may be set for employees to attend sessions at a different location.
For more information, contact Nolan at 606-521-9693 or email@example.com.
In other business:
*Greg Drury, owner of The Portal located in downtown Harlan, told members his grand opening has been a success. He said he has provided 30 new jobs to the Harlan area and is “very pleased” with the number of people visiting the restaurant;
*Local business woman Tera Day reported the Miss Harlan County Pageant was a “success” with $3,000 in ticket sales and $1,400 in donations. She said six college scholarships were presented to winners for a total of $3,750
*Local business woman Kathy Jones invited everyone to a “Harlan County United” event to be held at 6 p.m. on Aug. 8 at the Harlan Center. She said the event is being hosted by Harlan 2020 and the Harlan County Outdoor Recreation Board. For more information, you may contact Jones at 606-573-1681 or firstname.lastname@example.org;
*Boys and Girls Club Executive Director Kateena Haynes invited everyone to their sixth Harlan County Boys and Girls Club Golf Scramble to be held at the Sleepy Hollow Country Club June 15 beginning at 9 a.m. She said cash prizes will be awarded to first, second and third place winners and lunch will be provided. For more information, contact Ronald Cox at 606-573-0790 or 589-4792 or James Deal at 606-589-6955.
Reach Nola Sizemore at 606-573-4510, ext. 115, email@example.com