School to help Appalachian women expanding

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BEREA, Ky. (AP) — A school that helps improve the lives of poverty-stricken Appalachian women is expanding its reach outside Kentucky to areas in Tennessee, North Carolina and Virginia.

The headquarters for the New Opportunity School for Women is located at First Christian Church in Berea, Ky. Leaders moved it there last year after an arsonist destroyed the school's former building in 2011.

Now, school leaders tell the Lexington Herald Leader (http://bit.ly/10lvG4g) that they will soon be offering classes in three more states. Campuses will be located at Lees-McRae College in Banner Elk, N.C., Bluefield College in Bluefield, Va., and Maryville College in Maryville, Tenn.

The school provides classes to low-income, middle-age women from Appalachia who don't have the skills or education to get out of poverty.

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Information from: Lexington Herald-Leader, http://www.kentucky.com

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