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Job Seekers Get Assistance from MC and Clinton High School

January 16, 2009

America's economic crisis has triggered layoffs for millions of workers, including some Clinton residents.

The Clinton Public School District is teaming with Mississippi College in Clinton to assist jobless adults with career guidance and help folks retool. The Clinton Community Career Day on Saturday, January 31 is designed to offer free assistance to do just that.

The program at Clinton High will run from 1:30 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. Sessions will include creating a resume, writing a cover letter, dressing professionally, mock jobs interviews and a financial Q and A. Refreshments will be provided by Morrison Heights Baptist Church.

One of the event panelists, MC Career Services Director Karen Lindsey-Lloyd, is staying busy due to the economic meltdown since September. Companies big and small are handing layoff notices to veteran employees and newcomers to the job scene. Some are MC grads needing help during tough times.

"Our office has seen an increase in MC alumni who need resume writing and interviewing help since the economy has worsened," Lindsey-Lloyd said. "We are excited to assist in the coordination and planning of this event for the Clinton community, and it is very much needed."

A Clinton resident, Lindsey-Lloyd brings more than two decades of experience from the corporate world. Clinton High teacher Barbie Ferguson came up with the idea for the program after hearing about so many Clintonians, including fellow church-goers, were losing their jobs.

"I have had many students who I teach see their parents and loved ones lose jobs in recent months," Ferguson said.

Ferguson teamed with Clinton High Business Education Department head Brook Brown and Lindsey-Lloyd to get the event off the ground.

The Clinton School Board and Clinton Superintendent Phil Burchfield added their endorsement. "We are grateful to her (Ferguson) for spearheading this effort, and recruiting MC and her church family to help."

Participants will receive a jump drive donated by MC's Office of Career Services that can be used to store resumes plus a career manual with sample cover letters and other materials.

The deadline to register is Jan. 23. The event is open to 60 people. For more information, e-mail Barbie Ferguson at bferguson@clinton.k12.ms.us or Brook Brown at kbrown@clinton.k12.ms.us or Sandi Beason of the Clinton district at 601.924.7533.

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