New Connections offers its 9 week Fast TRACK program, focusing on preparing students for the TASC exam, for post-secondary transition into CTC (Community and Technical College) and 4 year colleges. Brush up on academic skills, explore careers, and participate in field trips to local post-secondary institutions. Classes run Monday-Thursday from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm and are open to anyone in the community who is 17-24 years old.
For young adults who would like to work on the TASC at their own pace, they may wish to enroll in alternative classes offered Monday-Thursday from 1:00 pm-4:00 pm. This class is available to anyone (with or without a high school diploma) who wishes to participate in job development classes, upgrade computer skills with IC3 training, retail skills with customer service training, and learn how to write a resume and cover letter providing an upper hand in the job market!
New Connections also operates a Transitional Living program for youth who are in the custody of the state or who are homeless. Youth live in supervised apartments and are required to have jobs and work on educational goals while saving money and learning the skills needed to live on their own. The supervised apartments are in the New Connections building. Each youth has his/her own apartment and lives alone unless s/he has an infant or child. There are six apartments in the building. Five are for residents and the other is for staff. The Transitional Living Coordinator or program relief staff is on-site 24 hours per day, 7 days per week and available to youth should they need assistance.
Residents pay rent. The amount is determined based on the client’s ability to pay and the size apartment s/he is occupying. Residents are required to keep their apartments clean and learn how to cook basic nutritional meals, make budgets, manage their own time and money, comparison shop, pay their rent and bills on time, secure and maintain employment, access day care, medical care, or other services if needed. After four to six months in supervised apartments, staff help youth find their own apartments and help them set up those apartments with sheets, towels, dishes, pots and pans, etc. Staff also help the residents move and continue to provide case management and other needed services three times a week.