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SIFE receives grants to bolster employment programming

December 22, 2011 12:00AM

The Pittsburg State University business group Students In Free Enterprise is getting some notable assistance to help further their mission of supporting community members battling unemployment.

Recently, PSU’s SIFE team announced it had been selected to receive a $1,500 Women’s Economic Empowerment grant from Wal-Mart through a project partnership with SIFE USA Headquarters. The grant will support many of the group’s ongoing projects to help unemployed women in the community as they gain skills to find jobs.

This is the second significant grant SIFE has been awarded this semester. Earlier this fall, the group received $2,000 from the Pitchett Trust through M&I Bank in Pittsburg.

Katie Aikins, president of PSU SIFE, said the group is considering different options for how to use the grants.

“With the grant from Wal-Mart, there are different options for approaching a project,” she said. “One is to help female entrepreneurs start or further a business, and the other is to provide resources, skills and workforce training for women to gain employment or promotion.”

To prepare for the SIFE regional competition next March, the group has been offering computer literacy sessions, mock interviews, resume-writing assistance, and “dress for success” educational sessions. While the group works with both men and women, many of their sessions have been held at Choices Emergency Shelter, a resource for families.

Aikins said it is heartening to receive so much support that can be used to help the community.

“All our SIFE members are passionate about helping the community, and this support will enable us to make an even greater impact,” she said.

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