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New opportunity center offers free life skills classes for Hillsborough County women

Posted: 7:44 PM, Jun 21, 2018
Updated: 2018-06-21 23:44:22Z

WIMAUMA, Fla. — About 15 women from the Wimauma area were learning how to sew on Thursday morning. The group is part of Wimauma Opportunity Center’s career classes.  

The classes were made possible by Enterprising Latinas and the Answered Prayers Project.

“We are creating an economic development hub where women can come and acquire skills,” said Enterprising Latinas Founder Elizabeth Gutierrez.

She said the opportunity center will offer free classes in cooking, nursing, and sewing to the women of Hillsborough County.  Gutierrez said women workers in Wimauma need to learn new skills.

“We have to help people move from agriculture to scale up to do other things. If they don’t they will be left behind,” said Gutierrez.

Charlene Allen is taking the new sewing class.  She’s hoping to eventually open her own business.

“I’m doing this for my daughters, to give them the best life possible,” said Allen.

For more information on the new opportunity center, click here .