GED Sites

Gaston College has announced the following sites for GED classes:

Calvary Baptist Church: 8:30 p.m.-11:30 p.m., Monday and Wednesday, 330 York Rd., next to Beam Elementary School, Hwy. 321. Park in the back of church, go in back, room is on the right. Instructor: Betty Still

Pearson Life Skills at Gaston College: 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, and 8 a.m.-1 p.m., 4 p.m.-8 p.m., Thursdays, Gaston College campus, Hwy. 321 S. Dallas. Room #116

Gaston County Health Department: Monday through Thursday, 5 p.m.-7 p.m.; 991 Hudson Blvd. Park in back of the building, go in back door, room on right.

Lincoln Campus: Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m.-8 p.m.; 511 S. Aspen St., formerly the old Lincoln High School

New Hope Baptist Church: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and Wednesdays 11:15 a.m.-1:15 p.m. and Monday 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.; 2024 Redbud Drive, Gastonia, past Ashbrook High School at the intersection of Redbud and New Hope Road

Highland Family Resources Center: Monday through Friday 10 a.m.-noon, Monday and Wednesday 12:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. and Tuesday and Thursday 4 p.m.-5:30 p.m. 1305 N. Weldon St.

Sacred Heart: Monday through Thursday 9 a.m.-noon and Monday and Tuesday 4 p.m.-8 p.m.; 100 Mercy Drive, Belmont

Springfield Elementary School: Tuesday and Thursday 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.; 900 S. Main St., Stanley

Woodhill Elementary School: Monday through Thursday 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; 1027 Woodhill Drive, Gastonia

English as a second language classes

Gaston College has announced the following classes. Bring your driverís license and Social Security card to register for class.

Gaston County Health Department: Monday and Wednesday 7 p.m.-9 p.m.; 991 Hudson Blvd. Park in the back of building, enter the back door, class is on the right,

Pearson Life Skills at Gaston College: Monday and Wednesday 11:30 a.m.-1:30 a.m., Room 115, Tuesday and Thursday 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m., Room 102

New Hope Baptist Church: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; Wednesday 11 a.m.-1:15 p.m., Monday 5:30 p.m.-8 p.m. 2024 Redbud Drive, Gastonia

Lincoln Campus: Tuesday and Wednesday 6 p.m.-9 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday 10 a.m.-noon; 511 S. Aspen St., formerly the Old Lincolnton High School


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Jobs

Here are some job hunting tips from the Employment Security Commission of North Carolina:

 

THE JOB INTERVIEW

Getting readyÖ.

Study your qualifications and abilities. Arrange this information in your mind so you can present it briefly and clearly during the interview.

Before an interview, learn as much as you can about the company to which you are applying. Donít be afraid to ask questions about the company and about the available job.

Be prompt. Keep your appointments to the minute.

Make a good appearance. Be clean and neat, and dress as well as you can afford. Donít overdress or wear gaudy clothes. Women should avoid excessive makeup and jewelry.

Avoid taking anyone with you to a job interview. The employer wants to talk to you.

The interviewÖ

Watch your posture. Create a good impression by assuming a graceful position in the chair. Donít yawn, slouch or display signs of nervousness.

Answer all the employerís questions accurately, honestly and promptly. Never say anything that misrepresents you or your capabilities.

Be able to give a continuous record of all of your jobs, dates of employment, wages

When asked, point out the value derived from your training and past experience that youíll bring to the job for which youíre applying.

Be able to give as references the names of at least three people who know you well.

Speak with a feeling of confidence and enthusiasm, but donít bluff or exaggerate. Use good grammar, speak distinctly and donít talk too much.

Avoid any arguments with your prospective employer.

Donít criticize others, including past employers or associates.

Avoid mentioning your personal, domestic or financial troubles. The employer is interested only in what you can do and how well you can do it ó in other words, what value you can be to the company.

Be polite and courteous; show respect for the person who interview you. Donít act too familiar with the interviewer.

Donít become discouraged if during your interview you become nervous and fail to present yourself as favorably as you would have liked. Employers understand and make allowances for nervousness during interviews.

Try, try, try againÖ

Set up more interviews and try to improve your presentation each time.

Even if the prospect of an immediate job isnít possible, the interviewerís advice regarding future openings in the company should be considered. Such suggestions sometimes lead to a job.

Feel sure that youíre really interested in the type of work for which youíre applying.

 

TAKE THIS QUIZ

To ensure a successful career in life, set reachable goals and make rational choices toward obtaining goals. Complete this checklist if you could benefit from a job service.

Are you having a difficult time finding employment?

Have you had more than three jobs in the past two years?

Are you having difficulty assessing your qualifications?

Are you undecided about your job future?

Are you lacking employment goals?

Do you feel you need career planning?

Are you physically unable to perform the type of work you did in the past?

 

AGENCIES THAT CAN HELP

Gaston County Employment Security Commission: 1391 Bessemer City Road, Gastonia. Phone: 853-5238. Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Lincoln County Employment Security Commission: 529 N. Aspen St., Lincolnton. Phone: 735-8035. Hours: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Lincoln Countyís Job Link Career: 529 N. Aspen St., Lincolnton. Employability labs are held from 8:30 a.m.-Noon Tuesdays and Thursdays. Phone: 735-8035.

 

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The Gaston Chamber of Commerce
601 W. Franklin Blvd.
Gastonia, North Carolina 28052

Phone: 704-864-2621
Toll Free: 1-800-348-8461
Fax: 704-854-8723

 

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