On Tuesday, January 27, Central City Concern held its 2nd Annual Education Fair to bring resources and information about educational opportunities to our employees.
At Central City Concern, we strive to see our clients, patients, and residents believe in and reach their higher potential. As Ed Blackburn, CCC’s Executive Director, has been known to say, everyone is capable of reaching a higher potential with the right support. For those we serve, that support begins in the form of CCC’s housing and healthcare. For those who are able, volunteerism and employment follow. In addition, CCC brings dignity do disabled individuals by helping them attain benefits, enabling them to fully participate in the community.
Our belief in the higher potential of individuals also extends to the amazing people who work at Central City Concern. For many employees, furthering their education is a prominent part of their journey toward reaching a higher potential.
Representatives from more than a dozen colleges and universities flocked to the Old Town Recovery Center (OTRC) and set up booths to provide information and answer questions about available fields of study, financial aid opportunities, student life, and more. Last year’s Education Fair proved to be so successful that CCC’s Human Resources team not only increased the number of participating schools, but it also arranged a seminar on ways to finance higher education. CCC HR staff members were also on hand to talk with employees about how CCC can support their pursuit of educational advancement.
Employees had varying reasons for checking out the fair. One employee believed that the experience she has gained as a health assistant at OTRC would make her a successful candidate for advanced healthcare programs. Another employee had just found out about new scholarship opportunities for which he was eligible and was interested in finding ways to take advantage of the financial resource.
Attendees recognized Central City Concern’s active support to staff toward fulfilling educational goals and potential. One of our housing case managers said that it was “clear that CCC wants to see me progress and follow my passion for getting more educated.”
An employee from Puentes said that bringing information and opportunities to encourage educational advancement “shows that CCC really cares about me. They want me to be better for myself. And then I’ll also become better for CCC and my clients.”
A post-Fair survey showed that more than half the employees who attended were interested in enrolling in undergraduate or graduate studies. Many others said that they were interested in obtaining further licensure or professional certificates.
The Education Fair is only one way that Central City Concern supports our employees’ educational aspirations. Next week, we’ll bring you news of yet another development that aims to provide our employees yet another step up toward their higher potential through educational advancement.