By Patsy Harris, Columnist
“Just go out and get a job!” shriek some to the unemployed, as though the supply of jobs is adequate and the unemployed have the resources to get and keep a job. For many, resources are nonexistent. The skills of getting and keeping a job are not common sense; no one is born with them. They are taught – the principles passed along subtly within a family or coached outright in school. The skills that are most fundamental to getting and keeping a job will be offered for free to a lucky few right here in Madison, and the deadline for grabbing one of the 12 seats in the 94-hour class is closing in next week. It’s a local solution to a local problem. Our own Family Connection office is partnering with Georgia Piedmont Technical College to teach not only professional and computer skills and business ethics and etiquette, but also will offer certification in several areas of industry and warehousing. Classes will start Monday, February 24, and will run for five weeks 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. each day. For folks having trouble entering or re-entering the job market, this is a progressive lifeline. It is funded by the federal Workforce Investment Act of 1998, the bill sponsored by Democrats and Republicans and passed overwhelmingly in the U.S. Congress. To obtain an application for the Workplace Fundamental Skills Training, which must be returned by January 15, contact Morgan County Family Connection Director Velde Hardy at 706 343-5907. Patsy Harris is a member of the Morgan County Democratic Committee.