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Out-of-School Programs

GED

Funded by the Workforce Investment Act (WIA), GED Out-of-School services emphasize educational and career development for youth ages 16-21 who are economically disadvantaged and are one or more of the following: deficient in basic literacy skills, a school drop-out, homeless or runaway, foster child, pregnant or parenting, an offender or an individual who requires additional assistance to complete and educational program, or to secure and hold employment.

Through a network of regional service providers, the WIA youth services focuses on offering eligible participants access to one or more of the following components:

  • Career Exploration & Preparation
  • Paid & Unpaid Work Experience
  • Occupational Skills Training
  • Academic Skills Improvement
  • Alternative Secondary Education Services
  • Summer Employment Opportunities
  • Leadership Skills Development & Opportunities
  • Supportive Services
  • Comprehensive Guidance & Counseling
  • Follow-Up Services

For further information, please contact a youth provider listed below:

Rural Communities:

  • Youth Opportunities Upheld, Inc. (Brookfield & Surrounding Towns), Chris Houston, GED Instructor, (508) 849-5800.
  • Youth Opportunities Upheld, Inc. (Milford & Surrounding Towns), Jessica Komenda, GED Instructor, (508) 473-2178.
  • Youth Opportunities Upheld, Inc. (Southbridge & Surrounding Towns), Amparo Cruz, GED Instructor, (508) 765-9102 ext. 22.
  • Youth Opportunities Upheld, Inc. (Webster & Surrounding Towns), Joseph Muscolino, GED Instructor, (508) 943-5665.
  • Youth Opportunities Upheld, Inc. (Whitinsville & Surrounding Towns), GED Instructor, (508) 266-2125.

Worcester:

  • Training Resources of America, Virginia Trembley, GED Instructor, (508) 753-2991.
  • Worcester Community Action Council, Linda Taylor, Career Counselor, (508) 754-1176 ext. 158.
  • Youth Opportunities Upheld, Inc., Kate Mallet, GED Instructor, (508) 849-5600 ext. 397.

Occupational Skills Training CNA/Home Health Aide

Funded by the Workforce Investment Act (WIA), Workforce Central Career Center’s Out-of-School partner provides Certified Nurse Assistant/Home Health certification training to twenty eligible youth ages 19-21 who are economically disadvantaged and are one or more of the following: deficient in basic literacy skills, a school drop-out, homeless or runaway, foster child, pregnant or parenting, an offender or an individual who requires additional assistance to complete and educational program, or to secure and hold employment.

Services focus on offering eligible participants access to one or more of the following components that will successfully connect them to the high-wage/high demand occupation in CNA/Home Health Aid. While participating in the program, youth receive one or more of the following:

  • Career Exploration & Preparation
  • Paid & Unpaid Work Experience
  • Occupational Skills Training
  • Academic Skills Improvement
  • Alternative Secondary Education Services
  • Leadership Development
  • Supportive Services
  • Comprehensive Guidance & Counseling
  • Follow-Up Services

Contact: Isidore Nosike, Program Manager, (508) 752-0778.

STEM

Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)

STEM serves youth ages 16-24 and provides education and training resources, job readiness coaching, networking, career events, employment and internship opportunities. Youth learn about education and employment opportunities in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.

Contact: Roy Lucas, STEM Career Counselor, 508-373-7688. Rlucas@detma.org.

MCAS

Pathways for MCAS Success was designed by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education in collaboration with the Workforce Department System to address the unique needs of students who have completed 12 grades but not yet earned the competency requirements for high school graduation.

Pathways for MCAS Success services are provided with Workforce Central Career Center in collaboration with our community partners, who also provide education, training and employment opportunities.

Students participating in MCAS retest pass at a rate of 25-30 percentage points higher than non-participants.

Contact: Roy Lucas, MCAS Career Counselor, (508) 373-7688. Rlucas@detma.org.

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