Free Program for Metro Detroit Women to Learn Computer Skills Plus Obtain Employment-related Counseling in Fall 2023
A free four-week program for metro Detroit women who have been out of the workforce and need to learn basic computer skills, essential for many employment opportunities, and job search skills, will have an informational meeting on Sept. 7 at Gesher Human Services (29699 Southfield Road, Southfield MI 48076). The program, Springboard to Success, combines the nonprofit’s successful Women to Work program, which has helped thousands of women obtain work since the 1980s, with Gesher’s Computer Basics Class for job seekers. Women who believe their chief obstacle to successfully search for and secure a job is a lack of computer knowledge, can just take the computer training portion of the program.
Earlier this year, a report from American Progress stated that despite women’s employment levels having returned to pre-pandemic levels, having minor children at home still disproportionally reduces a woman’s employment opportunities. Springboard to Success will begin on Sept. 12 and run on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to noon, ending on Oct. 5. For more information go to www.geshermi.org/womentowork. “With inflation and mortgage rates so high, we know that many moms are now thinking about going back into the workforce this school year to help their family’s budget,” explained Employment Specialist Judy Richmond, who is the Women to Work coordinator.