Twelve women successfully completed the Dimensions Program with class 229. Graduation day for these women was held on February 5, 2010.
As of the date of this report (9/20/10), seven of the ladies are working full-time.
Two have returned to school for additional education or training to start a new career.
Women's Employment Network
920 Main Street, Suite 100
Kansas City, MO 64105
Lori Hansen is a new kind of client for the Women’s Employment Network.
She is part of a group called Wednesday’s Women — women who have been displaced in the last 18 months and who have more than five years of recent experience in the work force.
Hansen, 42, of Lenexa, has been attending the sessions since the group started. She lost her job as public affairs manager for a cable company in February 2009 when the national office mandated a work force reduction of 3 percent across the country.
Hansen began a job search immediately and has done some short-term projects and a lot of nonprofit volunteer work while she continues to look.
Besides learning from workshops that cover topics such as understanding the needs of a small-business owner, Hansen said she has gained from the camaraderie of “a small group of women who are all in the same boat.”
“Being unemployed — taking so long to regain employment — you realize you are not alone,” Hansen said.
The Women's Employment Network is currently working one-on-one and in a group setting with nine women who need assistance finding employment that will give them economic stability. Some of the women in class number 233 have been working part-time as they search for full-time employment. Others are transitioning to new careers after having been downsized due to the economy. Each of the women have come to WEN to participate in our five-week program that will build their self-esteem while teaching them that skills that they need to navigate today's job market to find the employment that they need to sustain themselves and their families.
Class number 233 will graduate on July 23 with well-written resumes, interviewing skills, knowledge of themselves and what they have to offer in the job market, as well as a the friendship and ongoing support of the WEN staff as they search for employment. WEN staff is there for all of our graduates whenever they need us for continuing counsel and support.