Operation A.B.L.E. Celebrates the Graduation of 97

Operation ABLE Press Release

ABLE’s training programs teach ‘Gateway’ skills needed to master modern work environments

BOSTON, MA June 29, 2017 – Operation A.B.L.E. today celebrated, along with family and friends, the graduation of 97 participants who have completed one of three training courses and internships. For 35 years, Operation A.B.L.E. has specialized in developing training programs that ready people 45 and older for today’s workplace.

Joan Cirillo, President and CEO of Operation A.B.L.E., said, “I am so proud of our graduates. It is never easy to return to the classroom after working for many years. It requires a serious commitment on their part and the support of their family and friends.”
The 97 graduates represent a sizable increase from two years ago when graduates numbered 63. Much of this increase is due to the changing nature of the workforce, and the skills needed to be marketable.
“We have seen an uptick in interest from people seeking training and 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:

  • 27 graduated from A.B.L.E. 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.
  • 47 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.
  • 20 completed Skills2Work, an instructor-led twelve week office and customer service training program with classes in MS 2013 Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Outlook, and Quick Books. It also focuses on customer relations and honing communication skills training program with a follow-up six-week internship, for jobs as a receptionist, call center representative and administrative assistant.

Older workers who want to know more about retraining can attend free Orientation Sessions held 10:00 a.m., every Wednesday at Operation A.B.L.E. headquarters, 174 Portland Street 5th floor (Near North Station and TD Garden.) Full details are available on the Operation A.B.L.E. website, www.operationable.net

About Operation A.B.L.E.
Since 1982, Operation A.B.L.E. of Greater Boston 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 35,000 individuals have been assisted by Operation A.B.L.E., which is celebrating its 35th Anniversary.


Rick Ellis
Operation A.B.L.E.
Communications Coordinator
617-541-4180 X 131

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