June 15, 2018 – Boston – Operation ABLE today celebrated, along with family and friends, the graduation of mature workers who have transitioned to new career paths. One hundred and two participants graduated after completing one or more of three training courses and internships. For 36 years, Operation ABLE has specialized in developing training programs that ready people 45 and older for today’s workplace.
Joan Cirillo, President & CEO (front row, fourth from the right) is seen here with some of this year’s graduates, teachers and program managers for Operation ABLE
Joan Cirillo, President and CEO of Operation ABLE, said, “These graduates and their families have the right to be proud. It is a big step to take on the challenge of learning new skills and change the way you think of work to get started in a new career. “
The 102 graduates come from various backgrounds and locations in the Commonwealth. The one thing they have in common is they had trouble finding employment after working years at a job that went away or they stayed home caring for a loved one. Eighty percent of this year’s graduates have found satisfying jobs, while others are testing their new skills in internships.
“We have seen an uptick in interest from people seeking training programs to help them learn marketable skills, as well as from employers looking for candidates with the right skill set. ABLE graduates have been taught these skills and how to develop personal marketing strategies for their job search. They also bring with them a wealth of life experiences and maturity to blend with the working environment,” said Cirillo.
ABLE’s training programs teach “Gateway” skills that employees, whether a receptionist or director of a department, need to master in almost any modern work environment to be successful and productive. The following is a breakdown of today’s graduates by training program:
- 28 graduated from ABLE Beginnings, a six-week computer skills program teaching how to apply for jobs on-line, how to create resumes and learn the changing nature of the job interview.
- 37 were graduates from Medical & Health Care Training, a twelve-week course, plus a six-week internship teaching the essentials of working in a medical office such as a patient service coordinator, practice assistant and medical office receptionist. There is also on-going weekly job search assistance.
- 21 completed Skills2Work, a twelve week customer service training program with a follow-up six-week internship, for jobs as a receptionist, call center representative and administrative assistant.
- 16 Boston residents completed other programs geared to specific skills needed or specific employment.
Older workers who want to know more about retraining can attend free Orientation Sessions held 10:00 a.m., every Wednesday at Operation ABLE headquarters, 174 Portland Street 5th floor (Near North Station and TD Garden.) Full details are available on the Operation ABLE website, www.operationable.net
About Operation ABLE:
Since 1982, Operation ABLE has been the only organization in Massachusetts whose sole mission has been to provide comprehensive training and employment services for job seekers 45 years of age and older. Since it began, more than 36,000 individuals have been assisted by Operation ABLE, which is celebrating its 36th Anniversary.