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Simpson Helps People Take Charge of Their Lives

REENVILLE - Lorie Simpson, a workforce development professional with a background in human resource development, resides in Piqua, but is in Darke County at least twice a week for two weeks at a time.

From the July 18, 2014 edition of The Daily Advocate

By Linda Moody, Staff Writer

GREENVILLE - Lorie Simpson, a workforce development professional with a background in human resource development, resides in Piqua, but is in Darke County at least twice a week for two weeks at a time.

Self-employed for the past 13 years, she began teaching a class at the Job Center of Darke County called “Taking Charge of Your Life” in July last year.

“This class began as a result of working with Gracie Ratliff at the Job Center and Marc Saluk from Darke County Economic Development,” she said.

Simpson said “The Taking Charge of Your Life” class consists of people that are on public assistance and probation. The people are brought together through a joint effort from the job center and the court system. The 16-hour class assists people with writing goals and action plans for seven areas of their life. They also develop a mission statement for how they will live their lives.

“We work through and learn a process for problem-solving family problems and examine barriers that could be holding them back from going forward with their lives,” said Simpson.

“Once participants have gone through my class, they are matched with assistance from Heffner and Associates (company owner: Jon Heffner). His caring team helps them with employment or additional training opportunities. We have had 19 graduating classes and currently have a 60-65 percent job placement success rate with the people that stay active in the program.”

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