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Employment and Education

Resources relating to employment, jobs, and careers as well as places that will help prepare people for the future through education at every stage of life.

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One Stop Career Centers

  • Places that will help with many aspects of bettering job prospects in a single location: qualifying for a better job, interviewing, understanding career options, etc.

Discrimination Assistance

  • Legal help for members of a protected class (based on race, religion, sexual orientation, etc) who have been unfairly held back in a job.


  • Places that will take fingerprints that can be used for applying for jobs that require them.

Job Assistance Programs

  • Help with finding and getting a job that matches a person's skills.

State Disability Insurance

  • State and federal programs for covered workers who were injured and have reduced ability to work.

State Unemployment Insurance

  • Temporary partial income replacement for eligible individuals who become unemployed.

Vocational Rehabilitation

  • Job training and employment help for those who would otherwise have difficulty entering the workforce due to disability, addiction, or other issues.

Dropout Prevention

  • Help with keeping young people in school as well as programs for those wanting to finish K-12 programs as adults.

Learning Assistance

  • Help with learning for those who have a disadvantage due to life situation, language issues, past failure in school, or other issues.

Special Education Assessment

  • Formal assessments for learning potential and difficulties so a person can be best matched with a program to overcome it.

Healthcare Employment Preparation

  • Programs specializing in preparing workers for healthcare, EMT, medical records, counselors and other careers.

School Enrollment

  • Help with placing children in the most appropriate school for their needs.

Citizenship Education

  • Help preparing for the testing and process to become a US citizen.

Continuing Education

  • Occupational and general education for adults in programs geared for those working full time or returning to school after a gap.

Employment Preparation

  • Places that provide services to those looking to get ready for a job: coaching, alternatives to school, counseling, resume help, and more.

English as a Second Language (ESL)

  • Classes to help people learn or improve a language that is not their native one.

Charter Schools

  • Schools typically outside the regular school system that provide learning in an alternative format or with a particular subject focus.

Community Colleges

  • Post 12th grade education that is local and generally not attended by living there full time. Often offering 2-year degrees and focusing on job preparation.

Head Start

  • Federally-funded child development program that helps to create the same opportunities for success for children despite low household income or disability.

Montessori Schools

  • Private schools that follow the Montessori method of teaching children: one where children are taught self-control and immersion in topics of their own interest.

Parochial Schools

  • Private schools funded by tuition and private money rather than public taxes.

Private Day Schools

  • Private schools funded by tuition and private money rather than public taxes where students do not board overnight.

Public Schools

  • Schools that are free and open to all children, funded through taxes.

Pre-K Schools

  • Schools children attend before Kindergarten or Grade 1 with the aim of socialization and preparation for grade school.