Career Services and Job Placement

Eligibility

To ensure the program maintains a strong emphasis on marriage/relationship education/skills, participants are eligible after they have participated in the 8-hours of relationship education (FIT Plus).

Participants who have elected to participate in FIT Plus will:

  • Receive job readiness instruction
  • Attend information sessions about job and career placement
  • Identify their strengths and weaknesses as job applicants
  • Know how to build an effective resume
  • Learn the tools needed to find a secure job
  • Job placement services with community partners

In addition, participants will develop an Individualized Employment Plan (IEP) which includes:

  • The individual’s work goal and steps needed to reach that goal.
  • Services needed to reach the goal and who will provide the services.
  • Individual’s responsibilities in carrying out the plan.

Examples of Services in the Employment Plan Include:

  • Assessment evaluations to determine the individual’s work skills and need for services, such as training, assistive devices for disabled persons, etc.
  • Referrals for other services to help the individual succeed in finding employment.
  • Transition planning to assist students completing school and preparing for entering employment.

Job Placement Services with Community Partners

We have several job placement service partners, including United Community Ministries. UCM has a well-known Workforce Development Center that is designed to:

  1. Reduce barriers to employment
  2. Increase the short and long-term employability of their clients
  3. Increase their clients’ confidence and self-esteem

UCM’s Workforce Development Services includes the following:

  • One-on-one job counseling to include evaluation of clients’ current skill levels
  • Computer classes
  • Basic business course for self-employed individuals or those wishing to be self-employed Workshops on topics such as “Promoting Your Hidden Talents,” resume preparation, English as a Second Language, interview coaching, etc.