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Applications accepted for NOW program

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New Opportunity School for Women held in Berea

For 24 years, nearly 600 women across Appalachia have been learning they have the strength and courage to finish their education and to build the self-esteem they need to find their potential. At no cost to them, women who find themselves in transition and are seeking to be inspired and build their confidence are doing just that through the New Opportunity School for Women in Berea.

April 15 is the deadline to submit applications for the three-week residential summer session. The program will be June 5-25.

The NOSW's unique program has received national recognition on Oprah and in People magazine.

Requests for applications or additional information should be addressed to The New Opportunity School for Women, 204 Chestnut Street, Berea, KY 40403, by calling 859-985-7200 or visiting www.nosw.org.

The NOSW accepts women over 30 who have completed high school, have a GED (or actively working on a GED) and do not have a college degree. The program provides educational opportunities through classes in building self-esteem, computer basics, leadership development, Appalachian literature, self-defense, understanding violence against women, public speaking, learning how to become enrolled in further education and cultural field trips and art related events.  Job search skills will be identified and participants will learn to write resumes and practice interview techniques.

Participants will intern in a field of interest, either on the Berea College campus or in the community. Health screenings include mammograms, pap tests and dental exams. Lodging and meals are provided; grants for travel and childcare are available.