The EMPOWER Program provides educational assistance and job training to help out-of-school youth ages 17-21 succeed in school, then transition to college and/or a career. Youth that do not have a high school diploma are provided with basic education skills, tutoring, and study skills, with an emphasis on literacy and numeracy, in order to obtain a GED or high school diploma. EMPOWER youth are also provided paid and/or unpaid work experience, employability skills training, leadership development, placement in post-secondary education to include career technical education and/or occupational skills training, support services, adult mentoring, comprehensive guidance and counseling, and follow-up services for at least 12 months after completion of participation in the program. The goal of all planned services is to lead to educational and career success for each participant!
The mission of the EMPOWER Program is to empower young adults to make informed decisions by providing self-awareness, options , and accountability that lead to successful employment.
By 2016, EMPOWER will be recognized by our community as the premier program that prepared young adults to be a responsible and contributing member of society.
EMPOWER Program Services:
MERCED COUNTY OFFICE OF EDUCATION
632 West 13th Street
Merced, CA 95341