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- Jobs for Life
- Keep CALM
Start Today Empowering Personal Success focuses on helping participants begin their journey toward self-sufficiency by examining financial, social, emotional, physical, educational and spiritual needs. Participants create goals, identify obstacles and develop a plan of action that will be utilized with the help of a Life Coach assigned at the completion of the one-day class. Life coach appointments are made on a monthly basis and attendance is required for the continuation of services.
Jobs for Life is a life-changing opportunity for men and women to gain the knowledge, skills and confidence they need to experience greater success. As students learn skills needed for the workforce, they are equipped with confidence, dignity and the desire to become self-sufficient. Most importantly, each student has the opportunity to develop a relationship built on trust within themselves, with others and ultimately with God.
Jobs for Life is an 8-week job training program held twice a week in the fall and spring semesters. Surrounded by a community of ongoing support, students are able to identify barriers to employment, explore career goals and strengthen core work readiness skills.
Some examples of what students learn:
- FAITH-BASED TEACHINGS: Biblical understanding of work; Understanding of value and identity; Integrity in the workplace
- LIFE SKILLS: Healthy Relationships; Time Management; Conflict Resolution; Succeeding through adversity; Personal responsibility and self-discipline
- JOB SKILLS: Computer Skills; Work Ethic; Resume Writing; Professional Conduct; Effective communication skills; Interviewing; Networking
Community relationships and strategic business partnerships are crucial to the success of this program. Numerous community, church and professional volunteers assist through activities such as mock job interviews, class instruction, speakers and community/employer roundtables.
Powered For Life is a 5-week class to help students understand God’s purpose for their life. The Center helps students develop a positive self-image, overcome personal problems, feel accomplished and achieve goals. The goal is to help students live a life filled with hope.
The Hope Chest Job Training Program
For qualifying students, the Center offers a six-month paid job training program through our resale shop, The Hope Chest. Students will have the opportunity to improve on core work readiness skills while staying connected to their Life Coach and classes at the Center. For more information, visit www.thehopechestresale.com.
Careers NOW Construction Program
Center of Hope has developed a pre-apprenticeship training program designed to help individuals gain valuable knowledge of the construction industry. This class features a five-week training period with four days of instruction per week and connects students to employers ready to hire. For more information, visit www.careersnowtx.com.
Center of Hope offers four computer classes on a rotating basis: Basic Computer and Microsoft Word, Excel and Powerpoint. These courses provide basic computer training during the 3-4 week training. Little or no computer experience is needed. Participants can attend any of the classes that meet their needs.
The Financial Management class at Center of Hope focuses on teaching financial literacy to our participants in order to strengthen the knowledge and skills necessary to make informed and effective money management decisions. During this 5-week course, participants will study budgeting in-depth including tracking personal income and expenses and creating their own budget based on Biblical principles. This class is a prerequisite for making an appointment with one of the Financial Management Coaches once a month.
Education opportunities are offered for three types of students. The Center works with students who desire to earn their High School Equivalency (HSE), literacy students that need help in basic reading or math skills and non-English speaking students who want to learn English.
For students who desire to earn their HSE, we partner with Weatherford ISD’s Bowie Adult Learning Center to help students with the skills necessary to obtain their HSE. Students are tutored one-on-one in math, language arts, science and social studies.
Basic literacy is also offered with one-on-one tutoring. Students are encouraged to join our book club.
ESL classes are offered in a 16-week semester in the fall and a 16-week semester in the spring. The classes are available in five levels for beginners to advanced.
All tutoring and classes provide safe and fun childcare activities for children under school age.
Keep CALM is a 5-week class addressing how to have peace in a chaotic world. Based on the book “Anxious for Nothing” by Max Lucado, we help participants Celebrate God’s goodness, Ask God for help, Leave your concerns with God and Meditate on good things.