Job & Education Center (JEC)
WCAC’S Main Office, including the Job & Education Center remains closed to the public. Staff will be available via phone and email but there will be no in-person classes, appointments or walkins.
Worcester Community Action Council’s Job & Education Center (JEC), located in the Denholm Building in downtown Worcester, is recognized as the leader in education youth employment, work readiness, career pathway exploration, and training opportunities.
The JEC is a welcoming place for young adults to further their education, develop work readiness skills, explore career pathways, engage in meaningful work experiences, and connect with local post-secondary training and educational opportunities.
Whether looking to earn your High School Equivalency certification, strengthen an academic area, connect with local employers, enroll in a short-term certificate training program, or explore post-secondary opportunities the JEC team can help.
Supplementary workshops such as wellness, healthy relationships, nutrition, service learning, cultural, creative arts, financial aid for post-secondary education, and social justice are offered to provide a full complement of learning opportunities.
JEC HiSET programs focus on individual progress in small, classroom style settings. Classes concentrate on the core components of the HiSET certification exam; reading, writing, math, social studies, and science. High School graduates, who need academic support, are interested in enrolling in a certificate training program, or exploring post-secondary educational opportunities may also be eligible to enroll. Applicants will complete placement testing, using the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE), to determine the appropriate program for their needs. Eligible youth can enter the program at any time of year and remain enrolled until they earn the HiSET certification. Classes are for youth 16 – 24. Residency and income restrictions apply.
WCAC is the youth employment program leader in Worcester. Having offered summer employment programs for the last 50+ years, WCAC has developed best practices to deliver meaningful, first-time work experiences for young people. Combining professionally developed work readiness curriculum with supported work experiences results in young people ready to begin career pathway exploration, enroll in post-secondary education or training, or join the workforce.
At the core of preparing to work is soft skill development. Youth participate in work readiness workshops, using professionally developed and evidence-based curriculum, to learn about communication, preparing to work, dependability, initiative, and collaboration.
Career Pathway Exploration & Training Opportunities
With a focus on identifying and developing a career pathway in all JEC programming, youth use online career identification software and formulate a plan to attain their goals. The JEC team recognizes that career pathways are rarely a straight line from education achievements to employment fulfillment. Youth are encouraged to explore careers, education opportunities, and certificate training programs. Working closely with partner agencies, several different certificate training opportunities are routinely available; healthcare, pharmacy tech, culinary, CDL, and advanced manufacturing.
Learn more about all the programs and services available through WCAC’s Job & Education Center: JEC Brochure