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Last month I was given a front row seat for a very short performance by one of Steepletown’s newest employees-in-training.  Pam Arrington, who is an AARP senior employment trainee, practiced the 90 second pitch on her business idea that she was giving that evening for the one hundred ideas initiative of Start Garden.  Pam brought in an assortment of handbags that she made with material that was repurposed or “upcycled” as the material consisted of old t-shirts, pants, and other clothing.  Her pitch to me actually landed her another opportunity that exists within the Steepletown Center.

Last week Pam started the GRCC Industrial Sewing training that takes place in the lower level of Steepletown.  The tuition for the class is $950, of which $400 was paid through a scholarship.  For the balance of the payment, Pam contacted the Women’s Resource Center who signed her up as one of their participants.  This affords her additional coaching and support, and the Women’s Resource Center paid the other $550 for Pam to take this training.

After one week in the training, Pam sees the likelihood of finding employment doing something she loves, which is sewing.  In addition, her entrepreneurial spirit has been encouraged to continue pursuing her aspirations in the fashion apparel world.  For more information on the GRCC Industrial Sewing training, contact the instructor Camille Metzger at

“It is not true that people stop pursuing dreams because they grow old, they grow old because they stop pursuing dreams.”
― Gabriel García Márquez