[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/04/10/art.cnn.witte.jpg caption="Don Witte's classroom is a diverse one: A former senior executive, an auto mechanic, nurse and laborer are among his students."]WINSTON-SALEM, North Carolina - Don Witte is in command of the classroom, offering advice on how to write an attention-grabbing resume and extolling the virtue of truth-in-advertising while networking.
"Be yourself, always be yourself," he tells the crowded classroom at Forsyth Technical Community College. "Don't try to be someone you are not."
The diversity in the classroom is telling: A former senior executive sits a few feet from an auto mechanic. A middle manager chats with a nurse. A teacher and a laborer listen as Witte doles out tips.
"It's affecting everybody," Witte tells us. "Each one of them has a little different story and the common thread is they haven't looked for a job in 10 years or so."
In these tough economic times, Don Witte is both a teacher and a painful example.