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'Experience' helps seniors find work

By Jennifer Lee Preyss
Aug. 13, 2013 at 3:13 a.m.


For more information low-income senior training or employment training, contact Workforce Solutions of the Golden Crescent, 361-578-0341 or gcworkforce.org, or Experience Works, experienceworks.org

Low-income seniors in the Crossroads may be eligible to receive free employment training that may boost hiring potential when re-entering or remaining in the workforce.

Bobby Bates, employment and training coordinator with Experience Works, said the program is a national organization that helps provide relevant training for older people.

Experience Works offers employment and training programs in 146 counties in Texas, including Victoria.

It is in a partnership with Workforce Solutions of the Golden Crescent.

Companies nationwide are calling for more specialized training for baby boomers to learn to work more cohesively with younger workers, who may be as old as their children or grandchildren.

While Experience Works does not specifically tackle that kind of training for seniors, Bates said she supports and encourages such programs.

"It's needed. Learning to get along with other people is necessary for the workforce. Everyone needs that," she said. "There are so many programs out there that are available, and they all help train and give skills to older people."

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