The summer is coming to an end and for many that means it’s time to go back to school. But for those who were unable to complete high school and are looking to get their lives back on track, this is a great time for them to figure out their next steps. JEVS Project WOW (World of Work) offers out-of-school youth the opportunity to do just that.
Students enrolled in the program can not only earn their GED or high school equivalency, they can also gain career exposure to high-demand career fields through hands-on training and community service projects. At the end of the program, JEVS employment specialists help students to:
- find entry-level jobs in their new career paths
- connect with post-secondary education: a local college or JEVS’ own career school, Orleans Technical College
- enter JEVS’ pre-apprenticeship program
The program is open to Philadelphians ages 18-24. They may select from two industry sectors in which to train hands-on: information technology (IT) or construction/building trades.
Project WOW’s new information technology track offers basic training in IT fundamentals, digital literacy, cloud-based services and computer hardware refurbishment. If you chose the information technology track, you could have the opportunity to enter an Information Technology Generalist Apprenticeship program, in which you could train for positions such as IT Generalist, Network Support Technician, IT Administrator, Help Desk Specialist and more.
The construction/building trades track offers training in basic property maintenance and repair including building weatherization, carpentry, plumbing and electrical. Project WOW students can work with our job coach to begin entry-level jobs as Carpentry, Electrician or Plumbing Assistants, Property Maintenance Technicians, General Contractors and Painting or Flooring Helpers/Laborers.
Project WOW also offers the opportunity to participate in a service learning project for students who thrive on “learning by doing,” while experiencing the rewards of giving back to the community and working as a team. Projects may take place in students’ neighborhoods or benefit local organizations or charities, such as the home rehab projects with one of JEVS’ community partners: Rebuilding Together Philadelphia.
If you are ready to take the next step toward a promising future and build skills for your success, then apply to Project WOW today!