Sevier County ministry begins program to help locals land better

Sevier County ministry begins program to help locals land better jobs

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A Sevier County ministry is kicking off a new program aimed at helping local people land better jobs by offering free GED tutoring and computer skills courses. A Sevier County ministry is kicking off a new program aimed at helping local people land better jobs by offering free GED tutoring and computer skills courses.
The classes will be held on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons at the Sevier County Baptist Center. The classes will be held on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons at the Sevier County Baptist Center.

By HAYLEY HARMON
6 News Anchor/Reporter

SEVIERVILLE (WATE) - A Sevier County ministry is kicking off a new program aimed at helping local people land better jobs by offering free GED tutoring and computer skills courses.

It's a problem the Sevier County Association of Baptists has seen in their community for years; people stuck in a job with low pay and no benefits, but unable to get a better one because they don't have their GED.

That's why they're starting "Helping Others Prepare through Education," or HOPE, ministry.

Starting Tuesday, the new program offers free tutoring for GED testing.

Program Director Veta King says six volunteer instructors will help them learn the math, English, science and social studies they need to know until they're ready to take the test.

"We stay with them as long as they need our help," said King.

Another class they see as crucial to the job hunt that they're offering is basic computer skills.

"You can't get a job anywhere now without getting an online job application," said King.

The computer classes will last six weeks. King says class size will be small with one on one attention.

"They're thinking, 'It's been years since I've been in high school,' so they're just intimidated. So I think a smaller class size kind of takes that element away and makes it easier for them to be comfortable and to learn," says King.

The courses are available to both men and women.

Before HOPE, they used to offer a similar program through the Christian Women's Jobs Corps, solely to women.

Based on its success, they're confident they can help even more people in Sevier County this time around.

"We've had some that went on to Walters State and got their nurses training and are now working in hospitals," said King.

The classes will be held on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons at the Sevier County Baptist Center.

To sign up or for more information, contact the Sevier County Association of Baptists at 865-453-0124.

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