FEBRUARY 20, 2008

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Six graduate from RSC Empower program

The Rose State College EmPower program recently awarded certificates to six students who completed the eight-week program.

EmPower is designed to provide job-skill training to improve each student’s employment opportunities. Statistics indicate that 95 percent of the students who graduate from the program find employment and 75 percent of them move above the poverty level.

Students receiving certificates include: Juana Castillo, Alexandria Andrade, Syreeta Long, Robin Caisee and Candice Hagen, all of Oklahoma City; and Takiesha Harris of Del City.

Robin Caisee, a single mother who carried her 10-month old daughter on her hip as she received her certificate, said she hopes to find a clerical position.

“EmPower has given me the training I needed to get a good job,” Caisee said. “I want a job with not only a good salary, but with benefits, and EmPower is giving me that opportunity.”

The students received training in computer applications, customer service, time management, resume preparation, marketing and sales and medical office terminology. Once the students complete the coursework they gain work experience through internships.

Jennifer Addington, a services specialist with the Oklahoma Department of Human Services, utilizes EmPower’s services and applauds the program.

“This is one of the most successful and important programs,” Addington said. “I love sending my clients to EmPower because I know when they graduate they will have jobs that can support their families.”

For more information about the program, call (405) 732-9946 or visit the EmPower Web site at www.rose.edu/commfriend/empower.