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For more than 25 years, nearly 700 women across Appalachia have been learning they have the strength and courage to finish their education and to build the self-esteem they need to find their potential. At no cost to them, women who find themselves in transition and are seeking to be inspired and build their confidence are doing just that through the New Opportunity School for Women (NOSW) in Berea.
Now is the time to submit applications for the June 2013 session. Applicants who are selected and complete the three-week residential program will find themselves to be more self-sufficient, more confident, and will be an inspiration for their families and community. Additionally, the New Opportunity School staff and alumni provide a strong support system for graduates.
The New Opportunity School’s unique program has received national recognition on Oprah and in People magazine. The 2013 NOSW Summer Residential Session is June 2-22. The deadline for applications is April 30.
Requests for applications and/or additional information should be addressed to The New Opportunity School for Women, 204 Chestnut Street, Berea, KY 40403, or by calling (859) 985-7200. Our website, www.nosw.org provides additional information regarding our no-cost program and a printable application.
The NOSW accepts women over 30 who have completed high school, have a GED (or actively working on a GED), and do not have a college degree. The program provides educational opportunities through classes in building self-esteem, computer basics, leadership development, Appalachian literature, self-defense, understanding violence against women, public speaking, learning how to become enrolled in further education, and cultural field trips and art related events. Job search skills will be identified and participants will learn to write resumes and practice interview techniques. Participants will intern in a field of interest, either on the Berea College campus or in the community. Health screenings include mammograms, pap tests and dental exams. Lodging and meals are provided; grants for travel and childcare are available.