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Are you unemployed and eager to get back on a career track?

An informational workshop on Villa Maria College's unemployment grant program will be held at 11 a.m. Jan. 5 at the college, 240 Pine Ridge Road, Cheektowaga.

The program, established five years ago, lets qualified men and women receiving New York State unemployment benefits earn up to 12 college credits with tuition charges waived.

So far, more than 200 area residents have availed themselves of the program, according to Sister M. Marcine Borowiak, vice president for development at the college.

"Many applicants have enrolled in computer and business skills courses," she said.

"Others have selected English composition, psychology, philosophy and other liberal arts courses to assist them in their personal and relational development, thus making themselves more marketable."

A number have continued in a certificate or associate degree program at the college, Sister Marcine said.

Five former Fisher-Price employees took advantage of Villa Maria's program during the fall semester, she noted. Three of them have been accepted into associate degree programs.

"They will be assisted in their education retraining goals by funding from the (federal) Trade Readjustment Act," Sister Marcine said.

The unemployment grant program is supported solely by the college.

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