Job Readiness Classes: Now Available in Gaithersburg

The first graduates of the Gaithersburg job readiness class celebrate with Project INFORM Outreach Coordinator Priscila Da Rocha (back in white sweater), vocational counselor Janel Thompson (center in blue sweater), and Early Head Start Team Leader Marlene Clark (far right).


Congratulations to the graduates of the first job readiness class offered in Gaithersburg! The class graduated in December from a condensed four-session job readiness pilot program offered through a partnership with the City of Gaithersburg. For this first class, four students attended four two-hour sessions covering resume and cover letter writing, how to search for a job, interview skills, and job maintenance skills. A second Gaithersburg-based class started at the end of January. This class has expanded to six sessions, with the added focus on financial literacy and how to keep a job. After completing the course, students continue to work one-on-one with vocational counselors Janel and Carlos for more vocational training until they secure a job.

In addition to the job readiness class in Gaithersburg, classes continue at Community Vision day program in Silver Spring. In 2013, the Vocational Services Program served 151 homeless or low-wage workers through vocational services training, job readiness classes, and Microsoft Office classes in English and Spanish. The intensive, one-on-one vocational counseling resulted in 93 placements in living wage jobs.

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