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Out of Work? Fearing a Layoff? Attend the Reinvent Yourself Conference!
Monday, March 23rd, 9:30 AM TO 3:00 PM 

Conference is a FREE event targeting displaced workers and adult workers in transition. Conference goal is to assist attendees with identifying their transferable skills, convey information about career opportunities and skills needed in growing sectors, and provide the education and training resources to pursue new opportunities.   More information:
The Vermont Commission on Women (VCW) is a community partner for the documentary film about female artists, "Who Does She Think She Is" playing at Montpelier's Green Mountain Film Festival, Wed. 3/25 at 4:00 and Thurs. 3/26 at 6:00.  More info: The Festival runs March 20th-29th.
Business Case for Breastfeeding Train-the-Trainer program
2 day training June 11-12th

Vermont was one of the 10 states chosen this year by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to participate in the Business Case for Breastfeeding Train-the-Trainer program.    Vermont's Two-day training program, "Implementing The Business Case for Breastfeeding in Your Community"  will be held Thursday and Friday, June 11th and 12th.  The training will be provided at no cost.  Breastfeeding educators and advocates, and others in the community who interact with new mothers are encouraged to attend.  Contact  Tricia Cassi, WIC State Breastfeeding Coordinator for more information: 802-652-4177 , or [log in to unmask]
Vermont Network Against Domestic and Sexual Violence's 
Legislative Advocacy Day  & 5th Annual Red Flag Ceremony     
Wednesday April 1st at the State House in Montpelier

8-10 a.m.:  Legislative Breakfast: Support the Network's 15 member programs, victims and survivors across the state.  A great opportunity to talk to key law makers!  Free coffee and pastries. 

10- 11 a.m.:  5th Annual Red Flag Ceremony: Help place 1,234 flags, each representing a victim served by the Network programs for sexual violence in 2008.
Call 802.223.1302 for more information on events or visit 
Position Posting:  Economic Empowerment Specialist

The Vermont Network Against Domestic and Sexual Violence is recruiting an Economic Empowerment Specialist.  The position is responsible for providing statewide technical assistance, training, and public policy advocacy and development around issues related to economic empowerment, entitlement programs, housing, employment and other issues.  Additionally, the Economic Empowerment Specialist will work with programs that provide direct services to survivors or domestic and sexual violence to build their capacity to support the economic, housing and employment needs of the individuals they serve.  This position includes responsibility for grants and funds management.  Applications will be accepted through March 27th. For more information, contact: mailto:[log in to unmask] 
U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy and Vermont Governor James Douglas present The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Workshop 
Monday, March 30, 2009, 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. 
The Latchis Theater, 50 Main Street, Brattleboro, Vermont

Wondering how your business, municipality, organization, or non-profit could benefit from the recently enacted economic recovery bill? Interested in how the stimulus bill might help you buy a home or impact your family's bottom line this year? U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy, Governor James Douglas, the Vermont Procurement Technical Assistance Center, and the Vermont Small Business Development Center invite you to attend a FREE workshop that will help Vermonters understand selected programs included in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Register online   by Wednesday, March 25th or by calling 1.800.642.3193.
River Valley Technical Center's adult education program presents Basic Woodworking for Women. Geared toward the needs of women, this course is an introduction to the use and safety of basic hand and power tools used in carpentry.  Students will learn to use these tools while building a small project. Runs Tue & Thu, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM for 3 Weeks:Mar 26, 31, Apr 2, 7, 14, 16. More information:  Carol Sylvia at 802-885-8315
Vermont Works for Women Recruiting for Step Up to (GREEN) Carpentry

There are still a few spots open for this six-week, job training program is designed for women who are unemployed, underemployed or are looking to make a career transition into commercial or residential carpentry or construction. The course will weave sustainable building topics throughout the curriculum. Classes run from late April through early June. Successful graduates of the program receive post-program employment support for up to a year as they apply for positions in the trades and begin their new careers. More info: Rachel Jolly at Vermont Works for Women at 655-8900 x106 or e-mail at mailto:[log in to unmask]
The Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) is offering, at a minimal cost,training opportunities for women and minority males.  These classes are designed to give participants an idea of what the highway construction industry is like and help prepare them for entry-level work.  Current classes include: Overview of Heavy Equipment, March 24 & 25 in Montpelier - This two-day course will give you an introduction to heavy equipment operation; and Basic Carpentry, March 30 - April 3 in Montpelier - Register for this weeklong class that will cover basic carpentry skills and include a hands-on project.  If you're interested in bridge construction, this is a great place to start. Other Available Classes include: First Aid/CPR, Flagger Training, OSHA-10 Hour - Highway and Bridge.  Visit 
 or contact [log in to unmask], 800.356.1965
Vermont Commission on Women (VCW)
126 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont  05633-6801

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