Dear Friends,

During the 2019-2020 program year, Employment Skills Center served more than 425 adults in the local community and continued to serve them as each of us navigated the uncertainties related to COVID-19. Our core programs – which include GED preparation, Adult Basic Education, and English as a Second Language classes – continued to operate remotely and allowed our students to continue working towards achieving their educational and employment goals. These programs are offered free of charge and provide students with the skills needed to build successful careers. Without supporters like you, it would be nearly impossible to continue offering programs that are so vital to adults in our community.

This is your chance to help a student like Amalia. Amalia is a graduate of our Nurse Aide program. She is a single mom of 4 small children and had been homeless before coming to ESC. She is now a Certified Nurse Aide and is working at a local long-term care facility. She now owns her own home and comes back to speak to students in our Nurse Aide program to share her story and encourage them to work hard to achieve their goals.

Amalia is one of more than 18,000 members of the community that Employment Skills Center has served over the past 53 years. Our programs are free of charge and empower our students to gain employment, earn better wages, and enter vocational training and post-secondary education.

Make a donation to Employment Skills Center today and you will be giving our students the extra boost they need to build successful careers and improve their quality of life!

Sincerely,

Mindy Tremblay, Executive Director

ESC is grateful for the generosity and support provided by the Partnership for Better Health, M&T Bank and The Josiah W. and Bessie H. Kline Foundation.

Community Impact

“Jobs today are changing faster than ever. The Employment Skills Center plays a pivotal role in helping local residents discover, apply and position themselves within vibrant careers that offer expansive room for growth and advancement. Year upon year, we’ve invested in their outstanding Nurse Aide Training program because we know their hardworking students are benefiting from a fresh start and needed income. When it comes to delivering quality health care to members of our community, they’re an incredible asset.”

Becca Raley, Executive Director, Partnership for Better Health

“The Employment Skills Center is a community gem. Its educational and career development services truly transform lives. The Cumberland County Redevelopment Authority partnered with the Center in offering Environmental Technician training with a grant from the EPA. We could not be more pleased with the results. Participants have gone from low-wage, low-skill jobs to family sustaining jobs with a bright future thanks to the training and job placement support of the Center.”

Tim Whelan, Executive Director, Cumberland County Redevelopment Authority

“Employment Skills Center gives individuals who may have struggled in school a second chance at success by teaching adults to learn how to read, write, do basic math, and use computers in their adult learning programs. The results are life changing as adults are able to lift themselves and their families out of poverty with increased skills and greater access to higher paying jobs. Employment Skills Center also offers English as a Second Language classes which help individuals improve English skills, gain citizenship skills, improve reading and writing levels, and get more involved in the community.”

Lucy Zander, Executive Director, United Way of Carlisle & Cumberland County