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Ozark Foothills Literacy Project Seeks Office Staff, Tutors

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Older Americans looking for work, take note: Experience Works. The federal senior citizen job training and placement program seeks workers in Independence County. The Experience Works program is able to help more seniors acquire the skills they need to land part-time work in a variety of settings. In Batesville, the Ozark Foothills Literacy Project seeks two part-time Experience Works workers to assist with office tasks and tutoring students.

Experience Works, formerly called Green Thumb, is for area residents 55 and older with limited income (no more than 125 percent of the federal poverty income guidelines) and a desire to go or get back into the working world. The program matches seniors with not-for-profit agencies where they can learn as they do: computer work, reception, clerking, child care, tutoring and more. Participants are paid to learn, then when they’re ready to go out and compete in the open market, Experience Works assists their jobs searches.

The Literacy Project, which serves Fulton, Sharp, Izard and Independence Counties, teaches adults who are learning to read and adults who are learning English. The Literacy Project relies on trained volunteers and staff to provide one-on-one tutoring for adult students who need help with their basic reading or English language skills. Based in Batesville, the Literacy Project is a United Way member agency and part of the Arkansas Literacy Councils network of adult literacy organizations.

There’s currently no waiting list for entry into the program. To inquire about eligibility, call Shelby Ferrell with Experience Works at 501-436-0227. For more information about the Literacy Project, please contact Nicole Stroud at 870-793-5912.