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Coffman graduates from Job Quest

Ruth Coffman, 69, of West Fargo recently graduated from Job Quest, an intensive 16-week training program designed to help older job seekers get the skills they need to compete for local

in-demand jobs.

Job Quest is offered through Experience Works, a national nonprofit organization serving older workers in nine states, including 38 North Dakota counties.

Coffman worked her way through courses like basic computer skills,occupational skills and workforce re-entry to earned certification in customer service. She hopes to get a job in the hospitality industry.

"Job Quest gave me the chance to learn important new skills and technologies, and I'm confident this will help me get back into the workforce," she said in a release.

Job Quest focuses on preparing participants like Coffman for workforce re-entry in their choice of three occupational areas: medical administrative assistant; retail sales; and hospitality. It

combines virtual instructor-led occupational training courses with computer-based and online training tools.

In addition to completing Job Quest, Coffman is also receiving paid part-time

on-the-job training through another program operated by Experience Works

—the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP). She worked as an archivist for Bonanzaville,

Experience Works hopes to expand Job Quest in the future, they are currently accepting applications for the SCSEP, which provides people ages 55 and older, who are unemployed

with limited incomes unemployed the opportunity to earn minimum wage while

receiving on-the-job training at public and nonprofit organizations.

For more information or to find out if the SCSEP is right for you, contact Aldrich at

(877) 314-7627 or visit