USES' Workforce Readiness program ensures that our neighbors have the education and opportunities they need to move toward economic self-sufficiency. This program serves approximately 575 students each year, who attend an average of 170 hours of class education at our building.'This program is divided into four components, including:
Adult Basic Education
USES’ ABE program serves students who are on Grade Level Expectations (GLE) from 0-12, meaning we are able to help students of all education levels, as well as effectively serve and prepare them to earn a GED. The program runs from September through July, with a total of 20 hours of class instruction per week. The program has fully integrated both computer literacy and college/career readiness into the program to prepare students for the next steps and create a smooth transition to postsecondary education or employment. The ABE program is free and disability accessible to Boston residents age 18 and over who do not have a high school diploma or GED.
Computer Training for Employment - A basic computer literacy class that introduces students to the Microsoft Office suite and the internet. The class addresses fundamental knowledge of the internet, operating systems, hardware, software, and typing in order to give students the confidence to excel in a career path in a technology specialty of their choice.
Data Entry Specialist Program - Program offered in partnership with Fenway CDC, Career Collaborative, and Roxbury Community College. This program trains students in technical data entry skills. Students focus on keyboarding, word processing, spreadsheets, and databases. Additionally, students have the opportunity to participate in work-study and internships with partner organizations.
On-Line Learning Readiness - In partnership with the Timothy Smith Network, this intensive program runs for 12 weeks with students in class 20 hours per week. This program is focused on teaching the skills needed to be truly competitive in the 21st Century job market, including how to navigate the Internet and use both email and Microsoft Office. Students create effective resumes and cover letters, develop professional networking profiles, and acquire the skills needed to get and keep a job in today's economy.
Transition to College
This program, in parnership with Roxbury Community College, is 36 weeks and focuses on college readiness, giving students specific skills needed to be enrolled in college by passing remedial classes at no charge. The program focuses on advancing reading, writing, and math skills to a level of college readiness. Participants gain a working knowledge of a computer, including how to use the internet effectively. Students develop college-level study skills that will last them a lifetime. In addition to academic skills, students learn what it means to be a student, exploring various aspects of college culture, including course expectations, grading policies, career counseling, and the financial aid process. USES also offers the ACCUPLACER test on-site for eligible students.
The ACCUPLACER test provides students with useful information about their academic skills in math, English, and reading. The results of the assessment, in conjunction with academic background, goals, and interests, are used by academic advisors and counselors to determine student course selection for college.
For more information on Technology Education, please contact Leah Samura at (617) 375-8196.
For more information on Adult Basic Education, Transition to College, or ACCUPLACER Test, please contact Patricia Gaquin at (617) 375-8110.
For more information about Workforce Readiness, please contact Kate Lopci at (617) 375-8120.