The program takes the specific needs and challenges of its target participants into account. It employs a “one week on, one week off” model for the 12 live sessions that comprise the course. During the “off” weeks, participants access course material through an “e-learning mobile app” instead of attending in person.
And for the weeks when classes do take place at Essex County College, the program will provide on-site childcare.
The program is for current and recently employed single mothers who are between 21 and 35 years old, and are self- or government certified as income constrained. As examples of the types of businesses participants may be looking to start or fortify, program materials cite “the beautician working out of her house, to the auto-mechanic with her own business, or the woman maintaining her online boutique.”
The program is also being offered in Detroit, Baltimore and Washington, D.C. and counts Google, the Coca Cola Foundation and the W.K. Foundation among its sponsors. The Newark program is also co-sponsored by the Newark Community Economic Development Corporation.
Those who wish to participate should apply online by May 12th at the latest.
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