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ACTC starts job club for unemployed

Aug. 19, 2013 @ 12:15 AM

ASHLAND -- Ashland Community and Technical College has started a job club along with the Boyd County Cooperative Extension Service and the Kentucky Career Center in Ashland to help students and job seekers work together to find employment.

"I attended a conference at the University of Kentucky and heard about it," said Nancy Menshouse at Ashland Community and Technical College. "We thought it would be a good idea to start one here. We have some good partners."

The job club will provide a place for those looking for a job to meet, connect, share and learn, according to a news release. The job club is open to anyone in the area currently out of work, underemployed or looking to make a career transition.

The first meeting for the job club is set for 9 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 5. Future meetings will be from 9 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. on the first and third Thursday of each month starting in October. The sessions will be at the Boyd County Cooperative Extension Office at 2420 Center St., Catlettsburg, Ky.

There will be a brief career-related program, and there will be time for those attending to network. Program topics include job search strategies, resumes, networking, interviewing, finances, social media and goal setting, according to the release.

Research has found that people in job search support groups are much more likely to find jobs than those who search as individuals and the job searches are shorter, according to the release.

No preregistration is required to attend. However, those attending are asked to be on time, as no late arrivals will be admitted.

Contacts include Nancy Menshouse at the college at 606-326-2199, Hannah Leonard at the extension office at 606-739-5184 or Kelli Felty at the career center office at 606-326-8060.

Information on the Job Club is posted on the extension Web page at boyd.ca.uky.edu.