Getting crafty: Inaugural New Opportunity School for Women holiday market Dec. 8

Cross off a few more people from your holiday shopping list during the inaugural New Opportunity School for Women (NOSW) holiday market on Saturday, Dec. 8.

From 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. in the Cannon Student Center, explore tables covered in regional crafts and food made by local High Country artists and residents.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call the NOSW office at 828.898.8905.

Founded in 1987 in Berea, Kentucky, the NOSW opened an expansion site at Lees-McRae College in Banner Elk in 2005. The program at Lees-McRae has now graduated more than 130 women.

In its 14th year, NOSW’s mission is to improve the educational, financial, and personal circumstances of low-income women who live in or hail from the Southern Appalachian region. Its hallmark event is a three-week residential session on the campus of Lees-McRae that includes creative writing, public speaking, interviewing, and Appalachian literature courses.

Experienced volunteer instructors also teach basic accounting, computer and resume writing skills, and how to navigate the college application process. Internships in the local community provide the opportunity to explore career paths. Women participating in the program attend cultural events, such as concerts, theatre productions, and a series of lectures related to local Appalachian culture.

Learn more about the NOSW here
By Nina MastandreaDecember 05, 2018