Helping Neighbors: Strengthening Work Force Skills Through Adult Education
In an increasingly competitive world, America needs as many of our
eople workforce-ready as possible. With assistance from the F.I.S.H. Continuing Education Program, adults who may have missed out on higher education opportunities are given a second chance to follow their dreams.
Those who enroll in adult education programs are often working multiple jobs and juggling many responsibilities and commitments. They make the time to attend classes because they understand that education is what they need to better their life and the lives of their families. The F.I.S.H. Continuing Education Program assists those who qualify with tuition, materials, and/or fees for continuing education. The intention of the program is for participants to continue their education and increase their marketability in the job market by developing new skills or knowledge necessary for a career transition, which can lead to household sustainability and self-sufficiency. States Maggi Feiner, F.I.S.H. President & CEO, “Adult education is a path from low-income jobs and unpromotable futures to family sustainability. It builds stronger communities and can put adults on sustainable paths while opening up opportunities for financial security.”
“I meet with many individuals that are under-employed because they lack a certain degree and/or skill in their field of work. They come to me ‘stuck’ in a job that will never advance them to where they want to be. As their case manager, I am happy to be able to offer assistance through this program,” states Nitza Lopez, F.I.S.H. social worker. “We have had many applicants graduate from various programs and move into a job they are passionate about and love doing. It’s great to see our neighbors spread their wings and fly!”
Funding for this program is made available through private donors. Scholarship assistance is evaluated on a case by case basis. The F.I.S.H. Social Services Department determines eligibility for need-based financial assistance through a review of income and expense documentation. Scholarship amounts vary depending upon financial status and type of program. Available funding is limited, and scholarships will cover only a portion of the program cost. For additional information about the Continuing Education Program, please contact Nitza Lopez, S.W., F.I.S.H. Case Manager, at (239) 472-4775.