Takes a Village…

“All of the workshops had helpful points and covered good topics. Learning how to use O*NET and the importance of career research helped me understand how I can use my degree once I’m out of school”.

The familiar saying goes, “It takes a village to raise a child”.  It also takes a village to help an unemployed or underemployed individual.  Women, Work and Community has always understood the importance of maintaining strong partnerships with other agencies and organizations on both a state and regional level.  We know that working together we can better ensure that displaced workers can secure employment, map out a career and education plan, and succeed in today’s dynamic economy.

Recently staff at our Bath office launched a new project working with the local College Transitions program at Merrymeeting Adult Education.  The College Transitions program aims to help prepare adults academically for college coursework, while providing support and mentoring to enable these adults to successfully transition to college.  Beginning in October of 2011, Women, Work and Community offered a series of College Success mini-workshops to these students in an effort to build a solid foundation for future achievement as a college student. The topics of the workshops were diverse, and included: sources of financial aid, career research, stress management, time management, decision making, and goal setting.

From October 2011 through March 2012, Women, Work and Community offered a total of 24 College Success workshops to four different groups of students reaching 35 potential college bound individuals. Feedback was positive with many students expressing the wish that the workshops had been longer.  Many  have continued working with Women, Work and Community staff on their career and educational plan.