WE ARE SUPPORTERS
SER National supports education and training for all children, youth and adults, because education opens the doors of opportunity for economic self-sufficiency and upward mobility. SER helps young people achieve academic success by providing high quality, culturally competent and inspiring learning opportunities through early head start, charter schools, alternative schools, and out-of-school tutoring programs. And SER supports adult learning too, ensuring that everyone has the basic literacy, math and English skills to be successful in the workplace.
Early Head Start Program
SER—Jobs for Progress National, Inc. (SER National) , Early Head Start Program – Child Care Partnerships (SER-EHS) is designed to collaborate with Child Care Partners within the Dallas County Area in Texas. While our child care partners’ main objective is to provide safe childcare, particularly for working families; the collaboration and alignment with Early Head Start is to provide a safe and secure environment for children, but is also enriching services by providing comprehensive child development and family support services that enhance the physical, social, emotional, and intellectual development of participating children. In addition, SER, EHS, and Grand Prairie ISD are affording an array of comprehensive services, including health, nutritional, behavioral, and family services to eligible children. SER National assumes a leadership role in the development of partnerships with community agencies to coordinate and collaborate to best meet the needs of children and their families.
Adult Basic Education – English Language Acquisition
To be successful at work, in higher education, or in a vocational program, adults must have a firm grasp of the basics of math, reading, writing and English speaking. SER and its partners have developed and are administering some of the most successful, accessible Adult Basic Education/English Language Acquisition programs in the country, helping thousands of adult learners master the fundamentals necessary to becoming productive workers and effective family leaders.
SER is committed to closing the digital divide – the term used to describe the segments of society without access to Information Technology and its potential to improve life and livelihood. SER bridges the gap by providing easy access, not only to computers, but also to the knowledge it takes to use them effectively to reach a higher level of education and achievement. Access to technology also helps underserved populations – including people with disabilities – with language acquisition and new delivery methods for learning materials. By providing easy access to technology, SER motivates young people to stay in school and provides opportunities for people of all ages to improve their quality of life and economic futures. SER locations have public access centers or resource rooms where adults and youth can use the latest technology to create a resume, look for a job, or research potential career opportunities. Not only does SER provide access to technology, but SER also offers computer literacy training to thousands of individuals across the country. From the basics of using computers and word processing systems to more advanced presentation and database skills, SER’s customers are prepared with the technology skills it takes to succeed in today’s job market. For more than three decades, SER’s partnership with IBM has brought many innovative programs to the network of SER affiliates so they can better assist their customers. IBM is SER’s oldest and largest supporter, with a total contribution of $15 million in products and services.
Occupational Skills Training
It takes more than just desire to get a job that pays enough to support a family. It takes a strong set of skills and a solid work ethic, too. That’s why SER and its extensive network of partners around the country have linked up to provide Occupational Skills Training for people seeking work in business and industry. Trainees know they can count on SER National for the best instruction around, and employers know that people who complete our programs have the skills necessary to succeed in the workplace. Southeastern Massachusetts SER operates a business and technical school licensed by the Massachusetts Department of Education; SER Florida operates a technical school accredited by ACICS.
SER operates job readiness and placement programs for high-risk youth populations in many communities and successfully achieved goals. In Illinois, the WIA out-of-school youth program has met and exceeded performance measures for over five years.In Michigan, Illinois, and Texas, the Summer Youth Internship Programs met performance measures during the 2009 and 2010. In Florida, SER serves only youth involved in the criminal justice system, and the program is having a profound and positive effect. Over 80% of the program’s young participants have been promoted to the next high school grade level, and outside evaluators confirmed that the youth have shown across-the-board improvements in their attitudes towards school, their commitment to school, their self-worth, and their family management skills.
School Based Learning
Offering both academic and skill-related credentials, SER bolstered the only Santa Fe high school to meet the No Child Left Behind Act’s required Adequate Yearly Progress measures for the past two years. In Pennsylvania, the SER charter school was the only district secondary school to meet Adequate Yearly Progress three of the last four years.