Are you unemployed or underemployed and lacking a high school diploma? Looking to change careers but don't know where to start? Has your lack of computer skills made it difficult for you to find work?

Hamden Adult Education has a FREE program that will provide you with the skills necessary to be productive in the 21st century workplace.

Key Components:

  • Explore careers and match your interests and skills and develop a career plan
  • Develop effective interviewing techniques and learn the soft skills that employers value
  • Learn about basic employable skills, including business ethics and teamwork
  • Work on completing your high school diploma and improve your reading, writing and math abilities

Steps to Success

Career Exploration - #9900A -   you will complete a variety of assessments designed to help you understand how a variety of personal attributes (i.e., interests, values, preferences, motivations, aptitudes and skills), impact your potential success and satisfaction with different career options andwork environments. Completion of these assessments will enable you to choose an appropriate career path.

Essential Workplace Skills -  #9900B you will gain an understanding of the essential skills needed in the 21st century workplace. These include soft skills (adaptability, problem solving, teamwork, etc.), transferable skills (time management, interpersonal, communication, etc.) as well as the hard skills required for specific careers. Worker’s rights and labor laws will also be addressed. Upon completion of this module, you will have an understanding of the skills necessary for job retention.

Job Search Strategies - #9900C - you will gain skills in the following areas: job search strategies, internet search skills, telephone skills, and networking. You will use local resources such as the American Job Center in order to improve your skills in the job-hunting process.

Develop Your Career Path  - #9900D - you will use problem solving, decision making and goal setting to develop your career path. You will gain an understanding of the Career Planning Model, job qualifications and barriers, career ladders and local labor market trends.

Develop a Career Portfolio  #9908E - you will create employment documents including resumes, cover letters, and thank-you letters. You will also gain an understanding of the importance of professional communication as well as improving 21st century communication skills. (email, memos, netiquette)

Interviewing Skills  - #9900F you will learn tips to improve interview performance, such as understanding body language, appropriate attire and punctuality. You will practice interview skills through role-playing.

College Readiness  #9900G -  you will explore their readiness for the college experience. Topics will include: post-secondary opportunities, Accuplacer prep, admission requirements, financial aid, and tips for college success, including strategies for building grit, perservance, a resilience.

Financial Literacy  - #9900H - you will complete units on the topics of: budgeting, paychecks, credit, taxes

These programs are open only to those adults who do not have a high school diploma.
Class meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Registration will take place
August 24 - August 28      9:30 - 11:00 AM
August 24 - August 27      6:30 - 8:00 PM