YWCA Named Among Finalists for Funding Competition

POTTSTOWN PA – The YWCA Tri-County Area is among 95 finalists that will compete for a portion of $750,000 in U.S. Department of Education funding, and additionally gain access to federal resources and support, to promote “re-thinking” adult education that empowers the people it serves, YWCA Development Director Jennifer Rojas said Friday (Jan. 29, 2021).

The YWCA joins finalists from 32 states and two territories. They were selected from among 203 organizations that included higher education institutions, local educational agencies, community and faith-based organizations, correctional facilities, and industries; all initially submitted ideas for the contest.

Its stated goal is “to advance pre-apprenticeships,” Rojas said.

Many adult learners face barriers to gaining apprenticeships, Rojas explained. Pre-apprenticeships break down these obstacles by equipping learners with knowledge and skills they need to enter and succeed in apprenticeships. That training can, in turn, “expand access to career opportunities,” she said.

Adult education at the YWCA Tri-County Area’s Education and Training Center, 724 N. Adams St., helps adult learners build “a strong foundation for workplace success,” Rojas added. “Our instructors are educated, experienced, and supportive, (and) ready to help people reach their professional goals.”

The center offers free:

  • Adult basic education and high school equivalency classes. For adults who have left high school, earning a Pennsylvania Commonwealth Secondary School Diploma increases the chances of earning a living wage, or qualifying for further education. Through YWCA adult education classes, adult learners can improve basic academic skills and prepare to take the General Educational Development or HiSET exam.
  • English-as-a-second-language or civics classes to improve skills in reading, writing, speaking, and listening in English while learning more about U.S. culture and lifestyle.
  • Individual tutoring for focused learning in math and reading.

Center students receive personal attention and ongoing support in setting education and job goals, and in identifying and reducing obstacles that may get in the way of success.

For more information, send an e-mail to center director Veronica Barna at vbarna@ywcatricountyarea.org.

Adult education photo by Vanguard Visions via Flickr, used under a Creative Commons license