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WORK REPLACES WELFARE - THANKS TO 1-WEEK CLASS

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For a while, Kelly Kersey and her two children received Aid to Families with Dependent Children.

But she accepted help only until she got back on her feet, with a little help from a self-directed job-search class offered by her Office of Community Operations staff members."I'd tried before and couldn't seem to get going," Kersey said. "But after the weeklong class, I found a job within three days. I'm excited."

The classes might be called a holistic approach to searching for employment, because the teachers are as concerned with the client's self-image as they are about how one presents a resume.

"They teach us to look at ourselves in a better way and present ourselves better," Kersey said. "I started to believe I should get a job and I did."

Aside from self-esteem skills, Kersey said she also learned "neat things like how to avoid trick questions and other channels for finding a job, instead of just using the classifieds."

After graduating from the class, Kersey went back to use the office phones to set up interviews. Within days, she had landed a customer service job with a local company.

"I'm really excited about this. I've been working almost three months now. And I'm getting customer service and telephone experience. Even if I don't do this forever, it's giving me options and a future."

The state still provides Kersey with some medical coverage and day care - a transitional bridge to ensure she succeeds in her bid for economic freedom.