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Alabama job finder. (Going the Extra Mile).

In a time when factories in Geneva, Alabama, are closing down and migrant workers are leaving the area, the Geneva County Education Support Association is helping migrant workers stay put and find jobs locally, with the help of an NEA ESP Technology Grant.

The local Association used a $3,500 grant to buy a computer with an Internet connection and a copying machine for the professional support office located in a local elementary school. Community liaisons visit the office with migrant workers and help them search and apply for jobs online. Association members hope the efforts will help stop the out migration of workers, stabilize the lives of students, and keep enrollment and funding levels stable.

"We just want the school system to thrive, and if you have a thriving community, you then have a thriving school system," says Rachel Hicks, president of the local.

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Publication:NEA Today
Date:Jan 1, 2003
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