Academic Support, Work and Learning (Project WIN)
Project WIN is a school year program with a summer component, open to youth from local school districts. Each year TASC submits a competitive proposal to the Bristol County Training Consortium for federal, Workforce Investment Act funds.
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The target group for this program is youth, ages 14 to 21, who are income eligible according to HUD (Housing and Urban Development) guidelines and have been notified as needing academic assistance. Priority is given to ages 16 and up. There are usually 35-40 youth who receive 10 hours of education and 20 hours of work experience per week for 6 weeks during the summer. Students have the opportunity to experience paid work for public and non-profit community agencies, as well as from private companies.
Project WIN is designed to enhance students’ academic skills and also give them meaningful and motivational work experiences within the local community. The underlying premise for all activities is the notion that work-based learning that is tied to employment results in a more motivated worker, a more motivated learner, and gains in achievement that can be measured. During the summer each participant will:
•Receive 10 hours per week of MCAS remediation and review in Math and Language Arts.
•Be offered opportunities to explore careers by working on Bridges.com, an on-site Internet career exploration/awareness tool.
•Participate in visits, arranged by TASC's Business Outreach Specialist to four local businesses in order to tour and speak with employees about their careers. Students will prepare questions, be introduced to different careers and be required to dress properly.
•Receive job readiness training by developing resumes, cover and thank you letters, interviewing techniques and dressing for success, coordinated by TASC's Career Specialist.
•Be provided with integrated work and learning internships for 20 hours per week at a variety of public, community and non-profit agencies.
•Have their progress monitored through the use of the Mass Work- Based Learning Plan, as coordinated by TASC's Career Specialist.
•Have the opportunity to use a structured personal journal for skill development in both academics and employment.
•Will receive direction from a job developer/coach provided by Project WIN will work with all WIN youth during the school year to prepare them for life directions and vocational decisions.
During the school year, those students from Project WIN who have not passed the MCAS tests will be transitioned into another one of TASC's programs – Academic Support, Work and Learning (Project Achieve). Here students meet after school for tutoring and related work experience. Academic Support, Work and Learning (Project Achieve) prepares students for a retaking of the MCAS test and an opportunity to receive a diploma.
For more information contact the Project Coordinator-Summer at 508-821-2505
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