Education 2 Empowerment
Education is an essential means of empowering women with knowledge, skills and self-confidence to help them take the first steps toward success. At the Linda & Rudy Slucker NCJW/Essex Center for Women (CFW), we see the benefits of education time and time again. Our clients have been out of the workforce for years and are trying to enhance their lives and seek support to make ends meet. One pathway towards this success is to enroll in a job certification program.
With funding from the NJ Department of Children and Families, Division on Women, we created “Education 2 Empowerment,” a program we call E2E. This grant-funded program pays for all or part of the cost of a career training certificate. Recently, the state increased this grant to allow us to continue E2E and work specifically with women residing in Essex County and the surrounding communities who are separated, divorced or widowed. This is a great opportunity for women who have been unemployed or underemployed to obtain training for a new skill to succeed in today’s market. For clients who have already been through E2E, they have had great success at finding employment soon after completing their coursework.
There are many examples of certifications available to you including but not limited to: Microsoft Office specialist, Office Assistant, medical billing, computerized financial accounting, web page graphic design, culinary arts and bookkeeping. You select the program and the school that works best for you and your individual needs and interests. Participants are encouraged to participate in the job placement services offered by the CFW and are required to attend monthly update meetings with either a CFW staff member or an NCJW/Essex volunteer liaison.
One client who recently completed E2E said, “Thank you for providing me with the financial support to help me finish my certification to find a job in the medical field. Without the help of the CFW staff, the meetings and the connections, I would not be where I am now – back to work in the field that I love.”
Interested in learning more about the Center for Women and how we can partner with you to meet your career goals? Email us at email@example.com or call us at (973) 994-4994.