Job & Education Center (JEC)
Through its Job & Education Center (JEC), located on the second floor of the Denholm Building in downtown Worcester, WCAC offers educational and employment programs for youth ages 16-24 who, for a variety of reasons, have fallen off the traditional educational pathway and can benefit from alternative classroom settings and learning styles.
Programs include: WINGS, funded by a grant from the US Department of Labor’s Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act and provided locally through the Central MA Workforce Investment Board, and Project Excel, funded by the United Way of Central Massachusetts, both provide High School Equivalency Test (HiSET) preparation, along with pre-employment skills training, education and career counseling, job and internship placement assistance, life skills workshops, case management, and mentorships which assist students with college or work readiness. Both programs feature open entry and exit – meaning that youth can enter the program at any time, and remain enrolled as long as it takes to successfully complete the program requirements.
Academic classes utilize an English curriculum which concentrates on grammar and essay writing skills, while the math curriculum includes word problems, basic math, decimals, proportions, algebra, and geometry. Participants will also review issues relating to the world of work through computer training, classroom readings, discussions, and writing. All students prepare a résumé, cover letters, and review techniques for job searching. Those interested in pursuing their HiSET certificate should fill out online application here.
The Youth Employment Seminar (YES) offers two to three weeks of work readiness training for ages 17-24. Topics include resume writing, mock interviews, online job searching, completing applications and workplace culture. Seminars are hands on, interactive and incorporate guest speakers.
Additionally, WCAC offers workshops on financial literacy, computer skills as well as weekly group counseling and life skills.
WCAC manages the YouthWorks Year-Round and Summer Employment Programs. Youth (16-21) participate in a one week professionally developed work readiness training followed by six weeks of paid, on the job work experience. Youth are supported by a case manager for the duration of the program and are place at one of WCAC’s trusted business partner worksites. Eligibility requirements apply and work experience duration bay changed based on funding received.
Learn more about all the programs and services available through WCAC’s Job & Education Center: JEC Brochure