Non-profit giving elderly second chance at employment

Published: Mar. 5, 2013 at 10:30 PM EST
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CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - 69-year-old Edith Askins is one of many older Americans trying to supplement her social security with part time employment.

Edith is supplementing her income through a non-profit program called Experience Works.

"I was unemployed and looking for employment. Because of my age, I was facing discrimination, or what I feel was discrimination," Askins said.

Experience Works is geared towards low income seniors like Edith who have been out of the workforce for a while. The program helps seniors get the skills they need in various areas to land a job.

"A lot of times the jobs are technology based so what Experience Works does is assist with technology skills they need to go back to work now," said employment and training coordinator Verna Knight.

"It's really helping me financially, and it's keeping me active," Askins said. "I'm not a sedentary senior sitting around the house."

Experience Works not only provides on the job training and customer service skills, but it also teaches online training and allows participants to become certified.

Edith says the program has helped her get her life back.

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