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Women’s Empowerment Initiative Hits Target

Kelly Hembree speaks at Women's Empowerment Initiative

Kelly Hembree, TCCC coordinator of Career Services Center and HRD Program, addresses the attendants of the Women’s Empowerment Initiative.

More than 40 women took advantage of a unique offering at Tri-County Community College (TCCC) on March 13, as the Women’s Empowerment Initiative brought laughter, opportunities, and hope to those gathered.

“I originally had the idea for this initiative many months ago and I am so pleased to see it come to fruition thanks to the generosity of the Catholic Diocese of Charlotte,” said Kelly Hembree, TCCC coordinator of Career Services Center and HRD Program. “This was a day for women to come together, learn important life skills, and leave feeling motivated, enlightened, and with the resources to accomplish their life goals.”

In addition to the programming planned by Hembree, many of the College’s community partners were on-site providing services and education. Booths were set up for Reach, the Cherokee County Department of Social Services, Vocational Rehabilitation, Family Resources, Mountain Projects, NC Works Career Center, WIA, and the Cherokee County Health Department. Women received valuable information on a variety of issues, including women’s health, financial awareness, stress management, and employability skills.

The Women’s Empowerment Initiative also hosted three guest speakers, Rachel Sylvester, Jodi Alverson, and Brenda Blount, that shared valuable insights from their life stories.

“Their stories were all different,” said Corona Murray-Brooks, an attendee at the event. “ But they were all able to overcome defeat, whether it was physical, economic, or emotional. They were all able to succeed in spite of the obstacles in their path. It was inspirational.”

For more information about the topics covered at the Women’s Day Initiative, contact Kelly Hembree at khembree@tricountycc.edu or (828) 835-4291.