Experience Works searches for outstanding older worker

Experience Works searches for outstanding older worker Experience Works, the country's largest provider of mature-worker training and employment, is searching for South Dakota's most outstanding older worker. For the sixth year, outstanding older workers from every state, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico; America's Oldest Worker; and outstanding employers of older workers, will be honored in Washington, DC, and in their home states.

Experience WorksSM Prime Time Awards Program was launched in 1998 to highlight the valuable contributions that older workers are making in their communities and places of work. This year's Prime Time Awards activities culminate with a weeklong series of events, capped by a gala awards banquet and ceremony on Saturday, October 4, at the prestigious Ronald Regan Building and International Trade Center.

South Dakota is currently soliciting nominations from businesses and individuals. Applicants must be 65 years of age or older, a resident of South Dakota, currently employed, and working at least 20 hours each week for pay. The winner must be willing and able to travel to Washington, DC, Sept. 30-Oct.5 for the Experience Works Prime Time Award Program events. Outstanding Older Workers will receive an all-expense-paid trip to participate in the week's events.

Nominations must include a brief narrative that describes

the older worker's overall contribution to the workplace, including longevity, experience, skill level, work ethic, any disabilities the nominee has overcome to perform his/her job, and a description of his/her community involvement. Volunteer workers do not meet the employment criteria.

Official nomination forms may be obtained by calling 605-332-7991 or e-mailing to jean_b

ennett@experienceworks.org. Entries may be mailed to South Dakota Outstanding Older Worker Search, 120 S. Indiana Ave., Sioux Falls, SD 57103, or faxed to 605-332-3602, or e-mailed to jean_bennett@experi

enceworks.org. The deadline for nominations is June 2.

A search for America's Oldest Worker for 2003 is also underway. Last year, Dr. Ray H. Crist, 102, professor of environmental science at Messiah College, was named America's Oldest Worker. Dr. Crist is believed to be the oldest, full-time working chemist in the country and one of the oldest members of the American Chemical Society, where he has been a member for 76 years. Nominate via the Internet at www.experience

works.org or contact the state office.

Experience Works is a national, nonprofit organization that provides training and employment services for mature workers. Established in 1965 as Green Thumb, and renamed Experience Works in 2002, the orginization reaches more than 125,000 mature individuals in all 50 states and Puerto Rico each year.

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