NAM Learning Center Graduates Say "Yes" to Opportunity

The first step to success often comes from saying “yes” to opportunity.

Thirteen new graduates, seven from the Certified Sterile Processing Technician program and six from the Administrative Professional program, seized an opportunity when they signed up for the vocational training programs offered by Northwest Assistance Ministries (NAM) through a partnership with United Way and Lone Star College. They celebrated their graduation on Saturday, March 16, 2019, at a ceremony held for family and friends at The Harrell Family Opportunity Center.

Scholarships for the vocational training programs are awarded to qualifying adults and program participants receive free tuition, books, financial coaching, and job placement assistance. The classes, held on Saturdays to accommodate working professionals, typically last for 16 weeks.

“By taking this opportunity our students are a step closer to reaching their goals, to achieving success,” said Mary Silbert, director of NAM’s Learning Center. “Completion of this training opens doors for them, giving them the tools they need for a better future.”

These programs are among the many career development services offered by NAM’s Learning Center. The Learning Center also offers free ESL and GED classes, job search assistance, along with résumé help and interviewing skills.

Those interested in learning more about the Learning Centers services can email Silbert at msilbert@namonline.org.

The Learning Center at NAM provides adult students with the vocational training they need to start a new career. During the fiscal year 2017-2018, the Learning Center provided 71 clients with vocational training scholarships and met with 1,058 adults through the Workforce Connector Program. The Learning Center also provided GED and ESL classes to more than 417 students.

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