HOW graduates gain new skills, confidence, employment

| 20 Jun 2019 | 08:50

The women in the most recent graduating class from Project Self-Sufficiency’s Higher Opportunities for Women (HOW) employment skills training program have gained marketable office skills, confidence, and a sense of professionalism, as well as the support of a peer group as they progress on the road to self-sufficiency. The sixteen-week HOW program combines intensive computer skills training with classroom instruction and off-site externships to prepare women who have been out of the work force or underemployed to seek entry-level office administrative positions. Computer training and classroom instruction takes place at the agency’s campus which is located at 127 Mill Street in Newton.
“Project Self-Sufficiency’s Higher Opportunities for Women program is a pre-employment training program designed to help women who have been out of the workforce for a long period of time or those who may be entering the workforce for the first time,” explains Cora Chandler-Bellomo, Coordinator of the agency’s Higher Opportunities for Women (HOW) program. “In addition to computer training, the curriculum gives women the professionalism and confidence to contribute to the workforce in a significant way. We are happy to celebrate with our graduates.”
The free HOW program is offered in the spring and fall, with an abbreviated version, Summer Office Skills, taking place during July and August. The program involves extensive computer training and assistance with resume development and interview skills along with classes in life skills and workplace etiquette. Eligibility is based on a variety of factors, such as experience, education, income-level, family situation and other issues. The program culminates with an externship at a local workplace. Participants graduate with the skills they need to venture into the job market as an administrative assistant. Registration for the summer session is underway; classes begin on July 9th.
Current program graduates include Debbie Ayers, Christine Buckingham, Carol Conklin, Jeann Delanoy, Eva Giangrasso, Darlene Jordan, Stephanie Radiola, Jessica Struble.
Summer Office Skills launches on July 9th. To enroll, or to find out more information about the program, call Project Self-Sufficiency at 973-940-3500 or 844-807-3500, or visit