Nine 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 sixteen-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 most recent HOW program at Project Self-Sufficiency include Marilyn D’Alessio, Melinda Grey, Janice Indoe, Mary Jaeger, Lily Miller, Consuelo Rojas, Karen Springstead, Debbie Vanderhoff, and Anne Louise Waitzman.
Project Self-Sufficiency will be launching the Spring session of the HOW program on February 5th. To register, or to find out more about the other programs and services offered at Project Self-Sufficiency, call 973-940-3500 or visit www.projectselfsufficiency.org.