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Workshops aim to help job hopefuls pass census test

The Census Bureau will soon start hiring people to help with the national head count in 2010, and a Moorhead nonprofit is hosting workshops to provide employment hopefuls tips on how to pass the qualifying test.

The Census Bureau will soon start hiring people to help with the national head count in 2010, and a Moorhead nonprofit is hosting workshops to provide employment hopefuls tips on how to pass the qualifying test.

"In order to get a job with the census, you have to take a test," said Duke Schempp, executive director of the People Escaping Poverty Project. "It's like those old Iowa basic tests you take in grade school, a lot of multiple choice."

Schempp said PEPP wants to get people employed who will connect with communities that have been difficult to reach in the past: "The Somali community, the Sudanese community, different groups that traditionally have been undercounted."

He said the workshops Thursday and Dec. 5 will provide tips on how to handle multiple-choice questions so job hopefuls will feel more comfortable with the idea of taking a test.

"Then, they'll go and apply and hopefully be in a better mindset and practiced up, so they can do better on the test," said Schempp. Testing will start in November, with sessions being offered for about two months.

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To reserve a spot at one of the training dates, call PEPP at (218) 236-5434.

If you go

  • What: Training workshops to prepare people for census employment testing
  • Where: Centro Cultural de Fargo-Moorhead, 1014 19th St. S., Moorhead

Readers can reach Forum reporter Dave Olson at (701) 241-5555

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