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Christian Women’s Job Corps prepares students for careers with skills and hope


BURNET — One of the best ways to know if a program works is by looking at the impact it had on previous attendees’ lives.

And when it comes to the Christian Women’s Job Corps, graduates sing the praises of the training and the other benefits the Burnet-based program provides.

“CWJC has come to mean three things to me,” said Allie, a graduate. “The first is hope, the second is love and the third is faith. The teachers have shown us God’s love by taking the time out of their lives to share their knowledge and experience to help us become the women God designed us to be. (The Bible course) along with all the others have given me a theme for my life that I will be able to use every day and throughout my job experience.”

The faith-based program offers 12-week training classes throughout the year for women ages 18 and older to improve their job skills or acquire new ones. The next session starts Feb. 3.

But with only 12 seats available, organizer Alice Wooten is encouraging those interested in the program to register as soon as possible. Tuition is free.

“The program usually fills up pretty quick,” she said.

An orientation is 10 a.m. Jan. 28 at its headquarters in Burnet.

Students meet 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays for the 12-week course. Lunch is provided. There will be a graduation ceremony and a certificate of completion awarded.

The courses cover topics such as money management, making smart choices, job searches, proper job attire, life skills and business etiquette. Each morning starts with a non-denominational Bible study. Students also benefit from a computer lab, where they learn Microsoft Office, Excel and Quickbooks. Instructors hold mock job interviews with the women so they are better prepared for an actual interview.

Local churches, individual donors and an “army of volunteers” make this program possible. Instructors are mostly working or retired professional women who volunteer their time to help other women.

“Not one of us can walk away from CWJC and say our lives are not refreshed in addition to learning new skills,” said Lynn, a graduate. “I leave here with Excel training and hope. Hope that came from our Bible study each morning and God’s word that was incorporated by each teacher in all the different courses.”

Women interested in the program may go to for more information or to download an application. Applications must be mailed to Christian Women’s Job Corps, P.O. Box 1433, Burnet, TX 78611. Call Wooten at (830) 265-5798 for more information.