The A-STEP program aims to provide working adults in North Florida access to higher education in order to elevate earning potentials and job security. The key to the A-STEP program is the implementation of a successful blend of aptitude and career assessments, professional development classes, individualized mentoring, personalized financial aid advisement, ongoing academic support and gap funding to place adults on the path to success and long-term sustainability.

Goodwill Industries of North Florida recognizes the workforce and educational challenges facing this population and is addressing this challenge through a program for adults called A-STEP (Academic Support through the Employment Process). A-STEP's vision is to help move individuals who want to advance their potential through the educational pipeline and toward family sustaining careers. A-STEP is designed to help working individuals pursue, progress through, and complete workforce and technical certifications/credentials.

For more information, visit http://www.goodwilljax.org/education/a-step.aspx

Or email Jill Black at jblack@goodwilljax.org

Complete Florida

Complete Florida offers more than 50 fully online undergraduate degree programs, including associate and bachelor's degrees, from 11 public and private institutions. Many offer flexible, focused and accelerated programs that are designed for working adults who have some college but no degree. If you have a clear path to completion, you will appreciate the streamlined readmission process and accelerated options for earning credit. If you need more support to succeed, you will like the coaching, counseling and concierge-like support services that are available.

For more information, visit http://completeflorida.org/

Northeast Florida Community Action Agency

Low-income individuals usually lack the education and/or skills needed to obtain and maintain employment. Many times these individuals do not receive jobs because they cannot pass pre-employment tests, do not meet educational eligibility criteria, and lack employment competency skills. The Family Self-Sufficiency Program (FSSP) provides a comprehensive and holistic approach to services for entire families by empowering individuals to actively pursue a better life and obtain employment that pays a living wage.

The FSSP encompasses the development of a specified case plan, tailored to each customer and designed to address barriers to self-sufficiency such as employment and education. In addition, this program teaches customers to generate more income as well as enable them to make better use of available income and other financial resources. The FSSP also helps customers prepare for the General Education Development (GED) exam, assists with enrollment and financial aid for vocational training or post-secondary education courses, provides assistance with transportation costs and secures child care for customers in order for them to complete job training.   

For more information, visit http://www.nfcaa.org/programs#supportive-services-for-veteran-families or contact Program Coordinator Ronald T. Howell at (904) 398-7472.

Year Up

Year Up’s Professional Training Corps (PTC) is an intensive, one-year program for Associates Degree students 18 to 24 years old that combines hands-on skill development and internships at some of Jacksonville's top financial institutions. As students work toward completing their degree at Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ), Year Up supports them with professional skill training for a career in Business Operations. Requirements for program participation are that you must be 18 to 24 years old, be a high school graduate or GED recipient, be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident or have an employment authorization card, enrolled or interested in enrolling full-time at FSCJ, interested in a career in Business Operations and highly motivated to learn professional skills.

For more information, visit http://www.yearup.org/ or call (855) YEARUP1. 

Program Contacts

Jill Black
Year Up  
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