Chamber Chat: How are your computer skills?

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Howdy folks! I can’t believe we are already in December. We held our Chamber Coffee at the Guthrie Job Corps Center where we had a delightful breakfast prepared by the culinary students. They offer Health Care, Office Administration, Computer Technician, Culinary Arts, Carpentry, Plumbing, Facilities Maintenance, Welding, Electrical House Wiring and Security classes. I learned today that you don’t have to live on center to participate in the program! The Job Corps is a federally Funded Career Training Program for eligible young men and women, ages 16-25. Students receive, at no cost to them, room and board, basic health and dental care, recreation, social and career counseling and job placement services. Students enrolled in Job Corps Programs earn a bi-weekly living allowance and other incentives.

Chamber President Mary Coffin

Chamber President Mary Coffin

Right now the Guthrie Job Corps Center serves approximately five hundred thirty two young people, mainly from Oklahoma. If you know if anyone that would be interested in attending give Denise Hyche a call at 879-2044, or email A question came up during the coffee if any of them had to stay on center during Christmas this year? There are about fifty students that will not be able to go home for the holidays. Think about adopting a student for the day! We found out many of them need gloves, coats, hats and scarfs which the center will take donations for the students. I really appreciate what the Guthrie Job Corps Center has done for our community!

How are your computer skills? December 16 we are going to do a class in the chamber boardroom from 9am to 4 pm with an hour lunch break on Google Apps! Here is the info: Google tools can be a powerful time saver and as easy way to work quickly.  This hands-on session will cover Docs (documents, spreadsheets, forms, and presentations) and how to share them, as well as using Drive for storage.  Learn how to get up to speed, quickly and be more productive with these free apps.  Discover how Google Apps can go on the road with you and be used on your mobile device.  The class is $59 and is taught by Meridian Technology. Call us to reserve a spot at 282-1947.

One of our small businesses is growing in leaps and bounds! Tipsy Artist is looking for an administrative assistance, part time with potential to move into full time. You need to be proficient in Excel software, good at customer service, phone calls, and emails. You can email a resume to

Every Thursday from 7 to 8 pm a qualified individual is running a peer support group meeting in affiliation with the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) at the First United Presbyterian Church. The goal of this group is to allow people with depression, bipolar illness and their families to connect with others in similar situations and get more information about these problems. This group is facilitated by Shayla in affiliation with DBSA. Any additional questions may be addressed to her at

The Arts in Guthrie is hosting a Community Listening Sessions, Tuesday, December 9 at 7 pm at the First United Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall, 102 E. Noble. This session welcomes city, county, representative of local foundations or non-profits, the business community and economic development leaders, students, youth, youth leaders and the general public.

December 10 Chamber Coffee will be hosted by Professional Recycler’s at the Granny Had One Event Center at 9:30 am, everyone is welcome! Have a fantastic week!


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