Project YESS Receives Grant
Posted July 19, 2012
Mt. Hood Community College’s (MHCC) Project Youth Employment Support Services (YESS) program was awarded a Workforce Investment Grant as of July 1.
This $300,000 federal grant will pay for Project YESS’ operating expenses for the next academic year. The program’s services include work and college readiness training for about 120 students each year.
Students enrolled in the program learn how to research career options, search for jobs and prepare for college after the completion of their General Education Development (GED). All course and testing fees, as well as school supplies and other expenses, are covered by Project YESS.
Damon Hayes, a soon-to-be graduate of the program, stated, “Project YESS really helped me to transition from not going to school to getting my GED and going to college.”
Rich Duval, the program’s Youth Workforce manager, says students attend GED classes and work at jobs assigned through the program. “In the process, we’re building their self-esteem, too.”
Students chosen for Project YESS must show dedication to both the program and their own futures, and must meet the basic requirements for eligibility. “It’s a process of the youth wanting the program, not being told they have to do it,” explains Duval.
Over the past 30 years, this successful program has helped students navigate the professional world. As Duval elaborated, “I always ask students, ‘What do you want to do after you complete the GED? What do you want out of life?’”
Project YESS is currently accepting applications for the next session of classes. For more information, please visit mhcc.edu/yess or call 503-491-7641.
By Teresa Lane