So you have just received that foreboding pink slip at the office, as sole provider that can be devastating news. Well …terrifying to be exact. First thing first…keep calm. Your children do not need to see you in a panic. There are so many options for you right now. It does not seem like it but this is a great time to reinvent yourself.
College is a great place to get new skills and hide out until the recession blows over. The LCOP class at Clackamas Community College is a great place to start. LCOP stands for Life and Careers Option Program; it was started in the 1970s as a retraining program for massive unemployable divorced housewives that found themselves thrust out into the workplace. This program has two courses that cover finding a career that is right for you and the necessary skills needs to attain and keep that job. It covers resume and cover letter writing, job interviews and college reentry information. They have morning and evening options, it offers 6 credits and the cost is $50. Completing this class will also open up scholarships available to graduates of this course. For more information call Jean DeVenny at Clackamas Community College, located in Oregon City, 503-594-3184.
Many colleges offer health insurance options if you investigate a bit. Kaiser Permanente is one of the providers involved in charitable health insurance programs. This program is called Dues Subsidy program. There is also Healthy kids Oregon, the application process can be tedious, but well worth it. Your children may be receiving better health care than when you were employed. Go to oregonhealthykids.gov to apply online. Applying directly at the DHS office is less crowded the week after the first of the month or after a holiday. Bring a book and an ipod, in case you are stuck there for longer than you would like.
If you do find yourself returning to college, there are many certificate programs available as well as Training Unemployment Insurance available until January 2012, 1800- 436-6191. You can receive unemployment benefits while enrolled in a program lasting up to two years. The program must for retraining purposes, so don’t even try to complete that Masters degree in basket weaving. In college you can explore career options you may not have thought of in the past or simply thought it was just not possible. Now is the time to reinvent yourself, be the person you want to be. Show your children what hard work and determination can accomplish. Remember keep calm and be open to change, you might realize that you are next Hemmingway or Stephen Hawkins.