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Pilot program helps GA participants Story and photo by Channel TeUier The Tribal Work Experience Program (TW EP) is a new program that was created, per Council request, to acquire and maintain job positions for General Assistance clients. It has developed into a much greater project than anyone had really anticipated It has given GA clients the oppor tunity to learn some basic job-seeking and work experience skills that they would otherwise be without TWEP puts a lot of emphasis on GEDs -- general equiva lency diplomas. It also offers clients on-the-job training, job seeking skills (completing applications and resumes, and self-conduct during interviews), decision-making work shops and communication skills. The program is administered by the Family Assistance Division, Manpower and SKC; FAD coordinates the program, Manpower provides job sites and SKC provides training. Eventually, SKC’s Adult Basic Education program, coordi nated by Bob Van Gunten, hopes to provide TWEP parti cipants with individualized training programs in vocational areas such as computer science, human services, secre tarial sciences, and the like. All of the work being done for TWEP is strictly on a volunteer basis. A lot of extra hours are put into TWEP and program coordinator Arlene Templer will testity to that. She says next year FAD will apply for funding for positions to run the program. Even though there’s been no compensation, the contributors seem to be very dedicated to the purpose of the program. The clients seem to like how the program is working out TWEP participant Ronnie Lumpry said the main reason he was there was to get his GED. Also, he said he realizes that one day there may not be any more funding for the GA program. He says he feels that the TWEP program will give him a better opportunity to find a job. Templer mentioned that beginning July 1st the state will cut welfare, GA and AFDC for single clients. She noted that it usually isn’t too long before the federal programs follow suit With the help o f TWEP, FAD hopes to help its GA clients becom e job-ready. “ We want to make them productive people for the community,” says Templer. “ These people aren’t “ welfare bums’,” as they are com monly referred to, says Templer. “ They are people who need work experience.” A lot of them ¿ire self-employed, seasonal workers who would like training and experience to enable them to find permanent work. Van Gunten and Templer recently visited the Choctaw Tribe of Mississippi, which has had a TWEP program for a number of years. The Choctaw program is a one- to two- year process that’s very successful, probably due to the fact that they have the jobs available. TWEP leaders are hoping that the Council will make more of a commitment to TWEP participants, maybe by giving them some type of a job preference to encourage other programs to commit themselves to the clients - “So they don’t end up on a dead-end road,” says Van Guntea As far as job sites are concerned, the program has had good cooperation from the community. Among this year's TWEP participants were Virginia Broclcie, Ronnie Lumpry , and John Steele. r --------------- ------------------- - ----------- - - ” 1 ¡FOUR WINDS INDIAN TRADING POST ■ ■ Indian craft n n n P 3 Milesorth N Supplies DCAUb Of St. Ignatius ■ - - ------------------------------- on H w y . 93 NEW & OLD 745-4336 j ■ M o c s .-Tapes-Books Catalog $2.00 St Joseph Hospital and Home Health Care Agency BOX 1010 POLSON 883-5377 Offers quality health care both in the home and hospital SERVICES INCLUDE. Medical-Surgical Radiology Maternity Laboratory Nursery Treadmill Coronary Care Pediatrics Respiratory Therapy Home Health Care Rentals AND MUCH MORE AU SERVICES ARE AVAILABLE 24 HOURS A DAY, 7 DAYS A WEEK. C S K r s Char-Koosta New t, Pablo, MT June 13,1985 Poge4