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Beth Worthen

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Shawnda Frazier is one of 10 women in Climb Casper's inventory specialist training program. Although the nonprofit organization -- which provides job training and counseling to low-income single mothers -- usually rotates the training opportunities it offers, this particular program was so successful that it was offered twice in a row.

While the course is designed for inventory and shipping and receiving jobs in warehouses, the skills are highly transferable. Graduates have not only gotten jobs in warehouses in the oil and gas, construction and automotive industries, but are also employed in medical settings and in clerical jobs. The jobs typically pay about $12 to $15 an hour, a vast improvement from what most of the women make in retail or food service.

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