The YWCA of Greater Baltimore provides a wide range of employment training programs that give women the skills to find employment in the clerical field. Whether you are re-entering the job market, renewing old skills or gaining new ones, the YWCA can help. All programs take place at the YWCA at Ferndale Elementary School, 103 Packard Ave.
The "Clerical Training Program: Project Independence" is for individuals seeking to improve their standard of living and motivated to seek employment upon completion of the program. Classes are small and allow students to move at their own pace.
This ongoing program includes typing, an introduction to word processing, a refresher in math and English, assistance in writing a resume and job finding techniques. The 12-week course runs 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Monday through Friday. The program is paid for by the Anne Arundel County Manpower Office, at no cost to eligible county residents or anyone receiving Aid for Families with Dependent Children.
For more information, call Esther Weisman, employment specialist, at 768-8620.
If you do not qualify for the course, you may want to look into the "Office Skills Program." The same curriculum is offered for $145. This short-term, low-cost program will equip students with basic skills needed to enter the job market.
The next class begins in January. Call 768-2500 for the exact date.
The "Typing Program" for beginners, intermediate and advanced, including Dictaphone, starts in mid-January and will be offered 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Mondays and Wednesdays for 10 weeks.
This course is for anyone who has limited or no typing skills. The course provides 40 hours of instruction in the basics of touch typing, including tabulations, types of letters and memos.
This course also has been popular with men who want to learn to type.
The cost is $55 for YWCA members.
In answer to many requests for word processing, the YWCA is offering "Introduction to Wordperfect," starting Jan. 14.
The five two-hour sessions will run from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. No previous knowledge of microcomputers is required. This new class will be small, only four students per class, one student per computer. The cost is $75 for YWCA members.
To participate in any program at the YWCA, you must become a member or associate. The yearly fee is $15. To register for any class or for more information, call the YWCA at 768-2500.
The YWCA also is looking for craft persons who would like to teach a one-session class. If you have a talent making a fun craft and are interested, please call 768-2500.
* A dynamic outdoor nativity scene, featuring live animals, biblical characters and special audio affects, will be presented by the Fellowship Baptist Church of Ferndale 7 to 9 p.m. Dec. 20, 21 and 22.
The church is at 1017 Sundown Road. Take Wellham Avenue to Olen Drive, beside George Cromwell Elementary School, and turn right on Sundown Road.
The event is free.
Bring the whole family for an experience you will long remember!
* Recently I received a letter from Laura McComas, communications Secretary for the Linthicum Seventh-Day Adventist Church, 901 Andover Road. She asked me if I would convey the thanks of the church to the community for the support they received during their recent canned food drive.
After only covering four streets -- Shipley, Forrest View, Cleveland and Hawthorne -- the church was able to collect enough food to feed 11 families.
Residents of those streets were so kind and giving that the church members were able to supply each family with a large box and a grocery bag full of eggs, bread, milk and all kinds of vegetables. One needy family got baby food for their baby. There were even enough leftovers to provide a Thanksgiving dinner for some of the homeless of Baltimore.
They appreciate the bags donated by Jim Canupt of Lauer's Super Thrift in Riviera Beach and the help from John Meekins, a member of the church who picked them up. "Most of all, we would like to thank the residents of these four streets for their generosity," McComas said, "for it is they that fed these people in need; we only delivered the food."
* The Patapsco Valley American Association of Retire Persons Chapter No.
3850 had a Christmas Luncheon last week at La Fontaine Bleu. After lunch, new officers for the coming year were installed. They are: president, George Surgeon; vice president, Alice Heidderman; secretary, Clare Hirshman and treasurer, Elmer Owens.
Anna King received an award for writing the monthly newsletter for the AARP.
Banquet chairman Bim Wheeler said the entertainment was provided by the Notables, a musical group from within the chapter.
The Notables also sang last night at the Hammonds Lane Nursing Home, and have been invited to sing for the Bethesda Chapter of the AARP on Friday, Dec. 21. A chartered bus will be provided for members of the group. Those attending the Christmas Show are asked to bring a sandwich. Coffee and soda will be furnished.