Local center that helped change lives is now fighting for its own

By Genoa Barrow | OBSERVER Senior Staff Writer

Arthurine Ali, left, was among those speaking at a SETA Board meeting this week, urging the agency to keep the center open, despite a recommendation to not extend funding for next year’s operations. Canvon Nichols said he was at a low point in his life when he found Pivot and its career services. Today, he’s back working with the State and thanks the Fruitridge Career Center for its help.

Canvon Nichols had worked for the State for 20 years, but resigned last year while getting a divorce, dealing with mental health issues — his ex-wife’s and those of his own that resulted — and fighting to gain custody of his children.

His head wasn’t in the game, but the Fruitridge Career Center got him straight and back in the workplace. That the area job center is on the chopping block is


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