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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Preventing layoffs and putting people back to work -- two area needs that a non-profit program in Greensboro is trying to address.

The Welfare Reform Liaison Project offers job skills training to low-income families. About 65 percent of those who have signed up for the program have completed it, and most who complete the program are finding better paying jobs than they expected.  About 100 people are currently signed up for the program.

The program, which has been around for about 15 years, primarily targets 24- to 44-year-olds who are supporting low-income families through means such as welfare checks or food stamps.  Many of the families on the program have an average annual income of about $10,000.

Rev. Odell Cleveland, president and CEO of WRLP, said the program saves the state about $1 million each year in assistance.   Job training consists of six weeks of courses and hands-on experience in the digital imaging field.

Brenda Walden and Norman Melton were both unemployed in 2011, but they each completed WRLP and now have jobs in digital imaging with Cone Health System.

“This is a program for people that really want to go someplace.  If you know you got a dream, don't give up on that dream,” Walden, who was previously homeless, said.

For more information about the program, visit wrlp.net by clicking here.