Ten women recently graduated from Project Self-Sufficiency’s “Higher Opportunities for Women” training program, a course designed for women who are seeking to re-enter the workforce or those who may have been underemployed for a number of years. The 16-week course combines computer training, assistance with current workplace skills, and on-the-job work experience. Graduates are prepared to seek entry-level administrative positions.
Patrice Green, Coordinator of the Career Center at Project Self-Sufficiency, remarks, “The HOW program is uniquely packaged to provide eligible women with education, support and guidance. Participants learn up-to-date computer skills and gain the confidence necessary to compete in today’s job market.”
In addition to computer skills training, the HOW Program includes classroom instruction, and placement at an unpaid externship at a community employment site, which further prepares participants to successfully venture into the job market. Over the years, Project Self-Sufficiency has partnered with a variety of local businesses, non-profit organizations and government entities to provide HOW participants with the opportunity to hone their new computer skills and gain workplace experience.
Classroom time is devoted to computer training, careering instruction, life skills training and interviewing strategies. Since the HOW program’s inception, hundreds of women have learned marketable skills leading to economic self-sufficiency. Graduates from the Spring HOW program at Project Self-Sufficiency include Rebecca Cahill, Dawn Conti, Gail Fetterman, Penny Kinney, Sindaleena Raghubir, Roseanna Rogers, Kristi Rowan, Terry Sheridan, Diane Sherman, and Nola Tenzer.
Kristi Rowan had searched fruitlessly for employment, but had been repeatedly turned down because her computer skills were outdated. She decided to try the HOW program in the hope that updating her computer skills would help her to find a job.
“I have learned a lot in this program. I am confident in my updated computer skills and I continue to practice them. More importantly, I gained confidence in myself through activities and discussions in class about self-esteem, goal-setting and time management,” noted Kristi. “Ultimately I landed a great job thanks to the staff at Project Self-Sufficiency. I attended an interview set up by the Project Self-Sufficiency staff who noticed that I might fit the position from my previous experience based on the resume that they helped me to write. I went to the interview armed with the knowledge that I had just learned from the classes at Project Self-Sufficiency and nailed it.”
Project Self-Sufficiency will be launching a Summer Office Skills program, which is an abbreviated version of the HOW program, on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:30 a.m. to 2:45 p.m., from July 10 through Aug. 30. Interested participants are encouraged to attend an open house about the Summer Office Skills program at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, June 12 and Thursday, June 28; or at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, June 19 and Thursday, June 21. Another session of the HOW program will take place in the fall.
For further information about the Summer Office Skills or Higher Opportunities for Women programs, call Project Self-Sufficiency at 973-940-3500.