LIBERAL, Kansas — Before she was ready for retirement Velma Colter wanted to find a job that fit her, so she looked to an employment program for help.
I’d been out of the workforce for about 14 and a half years, and it’s not easy to get a job when you’re that age,” said Colter. “Eventually I did get a job and I worked until I retired.”
Now the Southwest Kansas Area Agency on Aging is offering a similar program to help people 55 and older get a job.
The Liberal Senior Center has been helping with transportation, meals and activities for years, but actually helping their seniors find jobs is something they’ve never really needed to do before.
“There’s more job openings now,” said Center Director Susan Roberts, “But many times people don’t realize your older employee can be very much of an asset to the company.”
Finding jobs ranging from babysitters to truck drivers The Older Kansans Employment Program comes to the Liberal Senior Center twice a month and offers free advice on interviewing, resume and the online job search.
“I think it’s great for the people who do want a job that they have someone to help them,” said Colter.
The program will run in Liberal through June 30th. If it goes well and reaches enough people it will continue in the community.
Still in its infancy, the program has already helped with several job placements.
“Older people, they have a lot to offer, they have a lot of attributes that are really beneficial,” said Roberts.
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