If you are 17-20 years of age, and interested in earning a GED, exploring your career options, and attending post-secondary education, SE Works may be the place for you!
You'll join a group of other youth who have common goals; working together in and out of the classroom, you'll assist each other to succeed. In addition to the group, you will be supported by a Youth Advocate as you plan and work toward your career path.
To get started, attend one of our orientation sessions, held twice per week. This brief orientation will introduce you to the resources available at SE Works. During this orientation, you will complete a SE Works application form. If you are under 18 years of age, you will need to have your parent or legal guardian sign the completed application.
After orientation, you'll take some assessment tests and attend a GED class information session. The session includes all the information you need to be successful in the class.
Once a spot opens for you, you'll start by attending evening Tutoring Labs, which take place from 5:00 to 7:00 on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Here you'll work with a tutor to brush up on your academic skills. Once you're ready and a seat is available, you'll enter the GED class.
Education - Our small GED classes and individualized instruction will assist you in preparing for the GED. Along the way, our non-traditional approach will make learning fun through project-based activities and exploring the community. In the class, you'll develop the skills that you need to succeed in college. You'll also work with your Advocate to create a transition plan and make sure you're ready to enter post-secondary education. Classes meet Monday through Thursday from 9:00 am to 2:30 pm, plus one hour of individual tutoring per week.
Employment - Explore your interests, identify your job-related experience, develop workplace skills that will allow you to get and keep a good job, and investigate your career options. During the class, you'll participate in...
If you have successfully achieved the goals you set in the program, you also may be eligible to participate in an internship with a local employer.
Empowerment - Develop the leadership skills you need to be successful in your career and in life.
Transition to college or vocational education
Youth advocates will work with you as you register in college, apply for financial aid, and pick your classes. Scholarships may be available to help you pay for courses. We'll also be by your side for the first year to help you address any challenges that might stand in the way of reaching your goals.
This program is supported by: Portland Public Schools; the National School Lunch Program; the City of Portland; PDC; Worksystems, Inc.; the Juan Young Trust; North Clackamas School District; and the generous donations of our Board of Directors and other supporters.
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