By Kate Brainerd, Adult Education Director
What’s your career pathway? And where you on your professional journey? What’s your next step? These aren’t questions that our adult students, newcomers who are working to learn English and gain a foothold in this country, are used to hearing. But in Guadalupe School’s Adult Education program, immigrant and refugee adults are encouraged to focus on success and plan for it.
Adult students at Guadalupe School have an 82% employment rate. They are bakers, drywall hangers, cooks and machinery operators who work long hours to make a living. That’s why we focus on teaching our hard-working students to look ahead and learn skills that will help them thrive in the workplace. For a student who is a beginner in English, the career pathway will begin with skills like counting money, filling in forms and learning to phone their place of employment when they are sick. Language for the career pathway includes understanding instructions from a supervisor, asking for help when it’s needed, or participating in a performance review. As students’ language skills advance, they will develop resumes, practice interviews and learn to advocate for themselves in the workplace.
Olivia loves her quality control job at Stampin’ Up, and understands that the next step on her career pathway is a more advanced certification in her field. With a license in Cosmetology, Erika will start her own business. Josefina can become a Certified Nursing Assistant if she can get a little tutoring to supplement her studies. Francisco works as a roofer and wants to learn the vocabulary relevant to his trade. Your support allows our students to see themselves not only earning, but growing and learning. Transforming lives through education.