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      BOAT gearing up to get more women into the workforce

      Syracuse's Women's Opportunity Center is about to start its 35th 'BOAT' session--an intensive class and work experience program (BOAT stands for Business Office Administrative Training) that works to get women job-ready.

      Kiki Riposo White, from the Women's Opportunity Center, says the six weeks of classes and 3 weeks of job placement give participants the skills they need to get into jobs that are very much in demand, according to the State Labor Department.

      White says the program targets widowed, divorced or separated women who need to get workingbecause of their changed financial situation. In addition to intense classes in computer skills, they learn office management and job seeking skills.

      The next session starts Monday (June 30th) and graduates in August, with the following session underway in September.The Women's Opportunity Center is on James Street in Syracuse, and can be reached at 446-0550.