Workforce Development

Organization: A Wider Circle

Throughout our many years of service, A Wider Circle has seen far too few people rise out of poverty. Those who have reached independence did so, in large part, because they got jobs and had the support of others. Our Workforce Development Program is a holistic, intensive, and highly personalized approach to preparing adults to enter the workforce and advance in their careers. As with all our efforts to end poverty, our workforce readiness programming is rooted in the power of connections. Partnerships with community employers are key to connecting job seekers with jobs and area businesses with excellent staff members.

Boot Camps and Workshops

DSC_0242 cropOur intensive, 40-hour Boot Camp combines career planning with the “soft skills” that employers seek. Topics include goal setting, conflict resolution, and phone etiquette, as well as hands-on support and practice with resume writing, cover letters, and interviewing. Following the Boot Camp, each job seeker is paired with a job coach from the community.

Boot Camp workshops are held six times a year at A Wider Circle’s Professional Development Center

For job seekers who cannot attend our Boot Camp (and for Boot Camp graduates who would like a refresher), we offer workshops and one-to-one job search assistance appointments during which participants get personalized attention from volunteers.

Professional Clothing

johnA Wider Circle’s Professional Development Center – through which we serve more than 2,000 individuals each year – has a showroom of professional attire and accessories that is… better than Bloomingdale’s and nicer than Nordstrom.

Anyone in need of professional attire and accessories is welcome, regardless of whether or not they are enrolled in our classes. Each client is scheduled with a personal shopper who assists him or her in selecting outfits, accessorizing, and feeling confident.
Application: To set up an appointment to receive professional attire and accessories, please contact Alicia Donahoe at [email protected]
Service Category: Work Skills & Training
Service Eligibility: Unemployed Employment Status

A Wider Circle Center for Community Service
9159 Brookville Road Silver Spring MD 20910

(301) 608-3508