GRAND ISLAND, Nebraska (KSNB) – Grand Island YWCA is working hard now to get women back to work after studies show that their job was disproportionately affected during the pandemic.
“When you look at the economy of COVID-19, what you see is that women have been affected more disproportionately,” said YWCA executive director Amy Bennett. “Part of that is because women are more in service jobs than men. In addition, we saw that more women had gone home because the daycare was closed for a while and the school was closed. “
The facility is now hosting free new computer classes. They teach skills that can help someone get more noticed when applying for a job, whether to learn a new program or just about computers in general. They say it will be a very useful skill to have on your resume.
“Some people just didn’t start working with computers,” said Deb Holmes, a trainer at the Women’s Empowerment Center. “Or if an immigrant is arriving, they are not computer literate. It is good to sit with someone and help them learn a new skill. “
They also work with people to create resumes and LinkedIn accounts.
“Our goal is to improve their jobs, make women learn new skills and earn a higher salary,” said Bennett. “Also, really looking at the skills I have and putting it on the curriculum. Really rework. “
A new round of classes will begin again in June.
“We will make another set similar to this one and we are also getting in touch with different partners in the community to see what gaps they are seeing and what the programming needs are for us to develop,” said Bennett. “So stay tuned for more digital technology classes.”
Anyone can enroll in these classes, but the focus is on low to moderate income women. For more information about courses and how to apply, you can visit the YWCA website.
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