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Bits of Business | State College Young Professionals mentor program grows

State College Young Professionals will have its third SCYP Mentors program in as many years, and the program has grown three to four times its original scope.

The program takes job-seekers through a five-class course to improve their resume and cover letter writing, confidence and communication skills. Each class is two hours long.

The original program in fall 2013 paired three SCYP members with three job-seekers. SCYP Mentors coordinator Nikki Shariat said she is working with other local nonprofits to get 10 to 12 people for the program, which begins March 2.

“They’ve been successful,” she said. “One nice thing is I could have a class and teach everyone in hourlong lectures, but we do one-on-one partnering and mentors and mentees develop relationships. We could meet down the line to go over the basics, or we could get news that they’ve got a job. We see the difference in them from week one until the end, and it’s nice to see how much more confident they are in their skills.”