LYNCHBURG, Va. – In an effort to help Lynchburg’s poverty rate, a local organization is reaching out to women when it comes to non-traditional jobs.
Organizers say they want to get women out of the traditional role of working at restaurants and consider careers in electricity, machinery, or even heating and air conditioning.
For five days a week, instructors will be teaching free eight-week classes.
Organizers say about six Lynchburg businesses have expressed interest in hiring people who earn their certificate.
“Everybody is not going to college and college is not for everyone. So there's a need for skilled tradesmen. So we were focusing more on women to do the skill trades. Maybe not the lifting of 150 pounds, but wiring a residential or industrial building; a woman can do almost anything,” Antonio Davis Sr., co-founder of Nontraditional Occupations of Women, said.
Classes will officially begin in January. There will be another informational session at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 11 at the Jubilee Center in Lynchburg.