Education is one of the most important steps towards gaining self sufficiency.
At Catholic Charities we see these programs as a key to ending the cycle of poverty. Whether helping a young adult achieve their GED, helping a newcomer learn English or leading an individual on a career path with job training, Catholic Charities helps provide individuals with a better future.
In Dorchester, El Centro del Cardenal helps out-of-school and high-risk youth—who did not thrive in the public school system—earn their GED. The program also has a Career Pathways option that leads youth with next-step options through career exploration, internships, job shadowing opportunities, and employment. It may also include individual case management.
At the Education Center in Lynn, out-of-school youth find GED preparation and skills training. While a High School Equivalency Diploma is the goal, teachers help students see themselves as learners, not dropouts. GED classes include Youthworks, Teenstart, and the Education and Parenting Skills Center .
At Success Connection, a family shelter, young adults from Plymouth, Kingston, Rockland and the surrounding area are provided workforce readiness skills and English proficiency necessary to facilitate successful job placement and advancement through GED and ESOL classes.
Nurse Assistants and Home Health Aides (NA/HHA’s) are two of the fastest growing occupations. There are many job openings in nursing homes, assisted living facilities, some hospitals, and visiting nurse services or private care agencies available. At our centers in South Boston and Brockton, students take the first step on the career ladder in health care.
English as a Second Language
Those whose first language is not English can pursue their education through English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) classes offered through El Centro del Cardenal in Jamaica Plain, the ELLA (English Language Learning Academy) Program in Lynn and the English Transcultural Center in Brockton. With the goal of empowering adults by increasing their employment opportunities and self-sufficiency, the ESOL classes include practical, dynamic instruction.