Career Pathways

Occupational Training

Our Career Pathways Program provides structured academic support and tutoring to students who have dropped out of a traditional high school and want to attain a High School Equivalency (HiSET), formerly known as the GED, or have graduated and are seeking additional enhanced occupational training skills.

Students work with Educational and Career Development Specialists who help them to develop pre-employment skills, explore higher education or career opportunities, participate in non-paid internships, participate in Occupational Skills Training, and become economically self-sufficient. The program is free to eligible participants aged 16-24, and is funded through the Workforce Investment and Opportunities Act.

Career Certification Programs

As part of the career opportunities and economic self-sufficiency goals, we offer certification programs for our Career Pathways students. Recent examples include:
The Culinary Arts program, offered in partnership with Quinsigamond Community College at the Worcester Senior Center, provides training resulting in industry-standard certifications including ServSafe, FEAST, and Allergen Awareness.
The Weatherization Installation program, conducted in partnership with Green Jobs Academy and the South Middlesex Opportunity Council, offers on-the-job training, work readiness, and remedial skills workshops leading to RRP Lead Renovator and OSHA 10 certification.
The Nurse Assistant/Home Health Aid program, in partnership with Quinsigamond Community College, offers training for entry-level skills to safely provide basic nursing assistant care in long-term facilities or health care agencies.

For more information about the Career Pathways Program, please contact Program Director Kate Pesa at pesak@youinc.org or 508-849-5600 extension 232.

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