From Left: WERC mentors Charlene Carpenter and Frank Robinson; College and Career Placement Coordinator, Patrick Devanney; and WERC Mentor, Kathy Boudreau.

The Wellspring Educational Resource Collaborative (WERC) recently convened its first WERC Groups, led by nine trained volunteer mentors. The mentors represent the diversity of Cape Ann, encompassing an array of ages, backgrounds and life experiences, from a college student to an 85-year old retired architect. Mentors take their life experiences and skills, and work with students on their Pathway for Personal Success – a roadmap consisting of key deadlines for achieving educational and career goals.

The WERC program is divided into four groups, one each for participants seeking new jobs, occupational education, an Associate’s degree, or Bachelor’s degree. The Seeking New Jobs WERC Group focuses on resumes, cover letters, networking and interview preparation. The Seeking Occupational Education WERC Group includes students who are pursuing Wellspring’s MediClerk Program as well as certificate programs at North Shore Community College and McNeilly EMS Educators. The Seeking Associate’s Degree WERC Group is co-led by a recent graduate and a current student at Salem State. Finally, the Seeking Bachelor’s Degree WERC Group ranges from students who are nearing completion of their Associate’s degree and intro courses for nursing, to graduates of MediClerk who are seeking enrollment into Bachelor’s programs.

The next mentor training session takes place in October. If you or someone you know may be interested in mentoring, please contact College and Career Placement Coordinator, Patrick Devanney at (978) 281-3558 X323.

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