A job training program designed to help single mothers get off welfare is meeting with great success.

The Single Parents Economic Independence Development Program, (SPEID), provides individuals with a number of marketable skills essential to the workplace.Although the program is open to all single parents, 99 percent of those involved are single mothers.

The three- to six-month program involves businesses all across Utah Valley and the state.

Julie Fausett, mother of four, entered the SPEID program almost a month ago. Fausett is employed as an intern at Wasatch Bank in Pleasant Grove.

She says working at Wasatch is one of the best moves she has ever made. "The atmosphere is great, the hours are wonderful and it's within minutes of home, allowing me to spend more time with my children," she said.

Leonel Castillo, vice president of Wasatch Bank, says the program has been beneficial not only for interns, but for his company as well.

"We have been involved with SPEID for a year now and it has been a very positive experience," Castillo said. "The interns are always very eager to learn and willing to help in any way they can."

At Wasatch Bank, the prospective intern must interview as any other employee would.

If hired, the intern learns a variety of skills including computer, data entry and public relations skills.

"We also provide a mentor who gives advice on business etiquette and proper attire," Castillo said.