The St. Louis Agency on Training and Employment (SLATE) is proud to launch a new initiative with Educational Data Systems, Inc. and St. Louis Public Schools - Adult Education and Literacy (SLPS-AEL) in an effort for City residents directly impacted by the pandemic to obtain their Hiset.
Funded through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), the program offers City residents ages 17 and up the opportunity to work towards obtaining their high school equivalency and gain an industry-recognized credential with the potential to be provided a stipend, paid work experience, and other incentives for participating. Those who participate will also engage in workshops that will prove to be beneficial to their academic, personal, and professional development and success.
“We are delighted to partner with SLATE on this program. The SLPS Adult Education and Literacy Program is well-known for providing Adult Education and Literacy services throughout St. Louis City and County. When students are prepared across a broad range of knowledge, skills, and abilities, they not only get better jobs, but they also engage more actively as citizens—which moves individuals towards personal fulfillment and self-sufficiency, “said Dr. Tambra Cross, SLPS-AEL Director.
“Our communities and families need assistance to survive the economic hardships and obtain good-paying jobs. Often, the lack of one’s secondary credentials along with basic skills is the number one obstacle that tends to stand in the way of individuals getting ahead. Our program will help them unlock their potential and give them the hard and soft skills needed to gain employment and to thrive for years to come,” said Fredrecka McGlown, SLATE Executive Director.
Applicants must be at least 17 years or older and not enrolled in a secondary institution, be a resident of the City of St. Louis, as well as reside in a qualified census tract OR in a household whose total include is at or under $69,090. Interested individuals must complete the pre-registration form. A SLATE representative will follow up with potential applicants within 48-72 hours to confirm eligibility and set up an appointment.
All the classes, workshops, and assessments will take place at the SLATE Missouri Job Center located at 1520 Market Street, 3rd Floor, Room 3050. Our office is open from Monday to Friday, from 8 am to 5 pm, except Wednesdays, from 9 am to 5 pm. For more information about SLATE and our services for unemployed St. Louisans, please visit us online at www.stlworks.com.