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Strengthening work force skills through adult education

By Staff | Sep 12, 2018

In an increasingly competitive world, America needs as many of our people 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. program assists those who qualify with tuition, materials and/or fees for continuing education. The intention is for participants to continue their education and increase their marketability in the job market by developing new skills or knowledge necessary for career development or transition, which can lead to household sustainability and self-sufficiency.

“Adult education can be a path from low-income jobs and unpromotable futures to family sustainability,” F.I.S.H. President Maggi Feiner said. “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,” F.I.S.H. social worker Nitza Lopez said. “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.

“We have had many applicants graduate from various programs and move into a job they are passionate about and love doing,” she added. “It’s great to see our neighbors spread their wings and fly.”

Funding for the 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 more information, contact Nitza Lopez at 239-472-4775.