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Momentum program graduation being held Friday

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Students in a new program designed to help improve the unemployment rate in Kalamazoo's Edison Neighborhood are graduating Friday night.

Last fall, we profiled the Momentum program--a ten week program going beyond resume writing and interview skills, and working to teach character development.

"A lot of the folks that come to us have little to no work history, so they don't have anything to put on a resume. Or they have a criminal background and so they panic when they have to fill that part our on an application," said Momentum's director, Tracy Kinney.

The first round of Momentum graduated 6 people, and 3 of them had jobs by the time it ended.

This second session has 8 people graduating.

One has a job already, and the other seven have interviews next week.

Kalamazoo Mayor Bobby Hopewell will be the keynote speaker at Friday night's graduation.

The next class starts April 7, and there is still time to sign up.

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