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Getting Real Job Experience at ECCF

Getting Real Job Experience at ECCF
Wednesday, August 13, 2014

From accounts payable to learning new software programs, two interns are getting real job preparation at our ECCF office in Danvers.

Jordan Brown, 15, of Lynn, came to ECCF in early July through the F1rst Jobs Fund partnership program. A sophomore at Lynn English High, Jordan applied through the North Shore Youth Career Center in Lynn and was placed with ECCF. She has worked 20 hours a week and gained valuable computer experience in Microsoft Excel, Mail Merge, and CRM/Salesforce. She’s also become a whiz at filing, scanning, shredding and stuffing envelopes. As an honors student interested in law and medicine, Jordan says her first job here at ECCF has “helped me a lot in understanding how offices work. And all I learned on the computer will be great for me in school.”

Though she’d earned a certificate in bookkeeping and financial software at North Shore Community College, JoAnne Harrison, 57, who lives at the YMCA of Gloucester, had trouble finding work. Through the National Senior Able Network in Lowell, she discovered practical training at a nonprofit could boost her resume. ECCF offers the ideal host site for her, she said, because by working 18 hours a week under Controller Susan Perry, she’s putting accounts payable skills into action. JoAnne earns $8 an hour now and is hoping her experience paves the way to “a permanent job where I can apply my skills in an organization like ECCF that helps others. I came out of the Massachusetts foster care system where there wasn’t a lot of stability. But I learned a long time ago to keep working hard and looking ahead.”

The North Shore Youth Career Center’s goal is to provide opportunities for future workers to become part of the local workforce and to pursue personal career goals. The Senior Community Service Employment Program is a paid job-training program bridge to employment for mature workers and partners with community service agencies to provide supportive, real work settings that help mature workers transition into employment. Many thanks to Jordan and JoAnne for all their hard work at ECCF!

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