Catholic Charities to Host Open House, Tours Celebrating Relocation of Education Program | Business
BUFFALO, N.Y., Nov. 28, 2012 – Catholic Charities of Buffalo will host an open house Dec. 7 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. to celebrate the recent relocation of its Tomorrow’s Youth Today (TYT) Program to the first floor of 525 Washington St., Buffalo. The program in 15 years has had four different locations, most recently on Main Street in Buffalo.
The program provides education, High School Equivalency test preparation and job readiness services to Erie County adults ages 16 and older.
After receiving an educational/career assessment, students attend high school equivalency classes and a counselor works with each student on job readiness skills and leadership training. In addition, the counselor helps students determine and work through their next steps, such as college placement.
Current students will be on hand at the open house, and tours will also be offered of Catholic Charities Central Intake and Buffalo & Erie County Workforce Development Career Pathways adult career training, both located on the first floor of the site. Refreshments will also be served.
Occupying the space formerly used by Delta Development and additional offices on the first floor, TYT has designed a large classroom and computer lab for people interested in preparing for their high school equivalency and becoming better prepared for the workforce.
The program operates Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m.-noon, with afternoon classes now being offered Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Classes are free and open to youth and adults interested in preparing for their high school equivalency diploma or attending workshops on job readiness preparation.
In 2011, a total of 65 students earned their High School Equivalency, 20 students entered post-secondary education and 60 individuals were placed in jobs through the workforce department’s efforts.
Catholic Charities Central Intake provides assistance with basic emergency needs including financial, food, prescription, housing and heat. For more information, call 716-856-4494.
Buffalo & Erie County Workforce Development Career Pathways targets unemployed and under-employed adults, providing them guidance and clear, reliable courses of action for building skills and progressing in areas with in-demand occupations, including health care, construction, and manufacturing sectors, among others. The program provides the vocational training and the support services required to accomplish goals and reinforce the value of continuing along a career pathway once initial occupational certification is achieved. The project is in its fourth year of a five-year program, funded yearly based upon performance and availability of funds. For more information, call 716-845-6003.
Catholic Charities has been providing GED preparation and job readiness skills to Erie County residents since 1975.
For more information about GED preparation and work readiness services available at 525 Washington St., call 716-856-4494 ext. 323 or visit www.ccwny.org. To contact the Workforce program, call 716-893-3500.
Catholic Charities is the most comprehensive human service provider serving all eight counties of Western New York, with 70 programs and 61 locations. Founded in 1923, Catholic Charities also provides, without regard to religious affiliation, comprehensive counseling services for children and families, anti-domestic violence programming and emergency services, among other social and mental health services.
For more information about this and other Catholic Charities services, go to www.ccwny.org. Check out Catholic Charities on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ccbuffalo and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ccbuffalo.