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Special Initiatives

Going to Work

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Getting a job or a better job is the primary goal of the 1000+ adult students of the Community Learning Center (CLC), but for some, a lack of English skills and/or experience in the United States is a serious impediment. Although most CLC students are working — 25 percent of them in Cambridge — those who come to CLC with no knowledge of English, low literacy skills, or a lack of references find it particularly difficult to find a job. CLC’s intensive Job Readiness Class and Mentoring Program were designed to get beginning-level ESOL students into jobs as quickly as possible. Weaving English conversation into job-hunting, the class meets three times a week and offers the following practical help with job-hunting:

  • Help with the application process
  • Resume writing
  • Job interview coaching
  • Information on workers’ rights and responsibilities
  • Job fairs and employment forums
  • Staff outreach to employers

The Job Readiness Mentoring program trains high-level ESOL or Adult Basic Education students to serve as mentors to students from the ESOL job readiness class. The mentors assist job hunters with networking, applications, and mock interviews and take them to job fairs and introduce them to employers. Through the program, mentors acquire skills useful to their own advancement while being paid for this part-time work.

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