Experience Works helps seniors find employment

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Experience Works, a nonprofit organization that operates the state Senior Community Service Employment Program, will be taking program applications on April 15 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Kalispell Job Service, 427 1st Ave. E. in Kalispell. The U.S. Department of Labor-funded program is for people 55 and older who are unemployed, with limited annual incomes and limited job prospects. The program is free.

“It’s an excellent way for older job seekers to earn a paycheck while they update job skills and discover new career possibilities, plus their efforts have a positive impact in their communities,” Mardi Milligan, employment and training coordinator for Experience Works, said.

Participants spend an average of 20 hours each week in work-experience training at public and nonprofit organizations, earning minimum wage that is paid through the program. Examples include performing clerical and administrative duties at nonprofits; sorting donations at food banks; preparing meals and recreation at senior centers; assisting in classrooms and libraries; and more.

Participants have access to additional training and support services in developing resumes, improving interview skills and identifying job opportunities.

For more information and to schedule an appointment, contact Experience Works, Inc. at 406-260-2266 or visit www.experienceworks.org.

Build leadership skills through lunch seminar

Job Service Kalispell’s newest Blueprint for Success lunch meeting is “Leading in Turbulent Times: What It Takes to be a Courageous Leader.”

The event is April 23 from noon to 1 p.m. at Flathead Valley Community College, Arts & Technology Bldg, Room 139.

Presenter Phil Quigley, will discuss the strengths and qualities that prepare leaders to confront and overcome fears, fractures and crises. He’ll take a look at the skills, temperament and resilience that enable leaders to surmount uncommon hardships.

Quigley is founder of Quigley & Associates. He honed his talent development, coaching and communications skills in Hong Kong, Korea, China, Singapore, Australia, Indonesia, Taiwan and India, where he spent most of his 14 year career with Yahoo!.

For more information, call Job Service Kalispell at 758-6200.

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