Education is a critical foundation to escaping a never-ending cycle of poverty and homelessness. Our educational programs are geared toward preparing mothers who formerly experienced homelessness for a rewarding career and bright future.
Career Education & Placement Center
Through our Career Education and Placement Center (CEPC), mothers are more than prepared to embark on a successful career path. Each class and service is designed to help evaluate their skills and strengths to determine what type of job will allow them to shine the brightest.
High School Education and Diploma
One of the single greatest determining factors of a family being in poverty is whether or not the head of household has a high school diploma.
65% of women come to Saint John’s without a high school diploma.
We partner with Highlands Community Charter School to provide high school classes two days per week, coupled with vocational training to earn a high school diploma. High school classes are provided onsite at Saint John’s, and volunteers provide tutoring in challenging subjects like math. (We are always looking for volunteers!)
Grow with Technology Program
Women come to us with varying degrees of computer literacy, and we can help them start at the very beginning or hone the technology skills that they’ve already learned. For example, we’ll cover basic computer skills like how to use a mouse and what an icon is, along with typing lessons and Microsoft Office training in MS Word, PowerPoint and Excel and Google Docs.
Through our Employability Course, women develop the skills necessary to land and keep a job.
- Professionalism and workplace etiquette
- Dressing for success
- Resume development
- Interviewing skills
- Conflict resolution and interpersonal skills
- Time management
- Receiving constructive criticism
Alongside the Employability Course, program participants receive hands-on employment training at one of three Saint John’s businesses.
When the women we serve are ready to begin a job path, Saint John’s employment partners and career counselors provide real-world interview practice, career guidance and valuable feedback to help them achieve and maintain employment, including supporting job searches and placement.