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18 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am grateful to testify of God's great works.

I had relocated to New London in November 2016 for numerous reasons. I had been out of work for 5 years and felt lost at which direction I was headed. I learned of Work and Learn from my sisters at a shelter I was staying at. I attended classed in Spring of 2017, happily maintaining perfect attendance because I didn't want to miss anything Work and Learn had to offer. The classes aligned my diligence at work for God's glory, not mine nor my supervisor's. I stay hungry for God's word and stay balanced when I stay in His word.

Work and Learn continues to be a resource and support for me and my family. I recommend these classes to all who are lost and found. The classes helped me to focus and use every moment at work to glorify how good God is. This mindset has kept me employed, promotions and job offers keep coming. I relay the same values of working for our Heavenly Father's glory with my son, who also is thriving in school.

Jesus' light shines so brightly, it is shining through New London County!

Thank you Work and Learn for your love. You truly magnify God's glory.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My name is Christine Lawton. I am a graduate of the 2018 class and i leaned so much. It was extremely helpful in so many areas of my life. I strongly suggest everyone to take this course. May God bless all that contribute to work n learn.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My initial response when I heard about the class was that I didn’t really need it. I figured I had a resume, I had a job and I had already been through vocational classes in the past. However, when I heard about the Biblical aspect, I decided I wanted to learn. God definitely has a “Magical” way of putting me where I need to be. Unlike other vocational programs, Work and Learn also emphasizes the fundamental values of being a good employee and teaches Christian principles, concerning employment. These include attitude, integrity, obedience and how to work as if working for Christ. While the class also teaches the skills to find work, it is not only about finding a job, but learning what your purpose is and creating a mission. I learned “How to take God to work” and the importance of using my gifts to serve God. Also, unlike other vocational programs Work and Learn encompasses mentors from various professional backgrounds, who are able to give hands on learning throughout the course of the class. Practically, I learned how to proceed with my resume, overcoming the gaps and discrepancies, budgeting and the importance of being trustworthy with what God gives me, interviewing and how to discuss sensitive matters, public speaking and how to articulate what I am trying to convey and what employers are looking for (Why should I hire you?). Overall, Work and Learn has enhanced my career skills, increased my faith and helped me recognize the areas of my life that I needed to invite God into.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My name is Charles Gibson I am a graduate of the 2018 work& learn Bible based non-profit organization. This class has change the way I search for jobs, and how I prepare for interviews, I now have confidence to have a more successful and productive, interview. I now will apply for jobs I want and not just settle for anything, it gave me the boldness I was lacking. And also the classes are Bible based so at the same time it helped in my Bible Study, what a bonus. I learned how to do a good resume, and cover letter. This is a great class, and did I mention it's free!! I encourage anyone trying to better their financial status, and spirituality this class is for You.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I heard about Work & Learn Inc and the work they do. I wanted to help as a volunteer & joined the team. However, as I started attending these classes the impact these lessons made ensured that I turned the table around and became a participant myself. I am really glad that there is an organization that works in this domain & would be a part of this good work in the years to come.

I found the course very valuable to me and helped making some corrections in my career life. I will keep these valuable learning handy and keep practicing until one day it becomes "an effective" habit.

These lessons teach very simple & practical steps towards making one a better worker and thus a better work place & society. The foundations of this course is 100% biblical. The impact that these lessons create can be really BIG for the employers / companies that employ these graduates.

If you are employed/searching for a job/a professional/a business owner /graduating soon /recently graduated, this course is for you. I would also recommend this to any employer who would want their employees to create a better work place.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Work & Learn does an exceptional job of helping individuals improve their skills in finding employment and developing a firmer vision of their future and who God created them to be. I highly recommend Work & Learn to others.
- Kevin L. Booker, Jr.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered at Work and Learn over several years, which has been a great blessing to me and the participants. The goal is to equip the participants with skills and learn from others on how to write a resume, find a job opportunity, interview and keep going till they are hired.

So many people share their experiences which keeps us all going!

What a great community of role models caring for each other and it’s all Bible based.

Hans

Client Served

Rating: 5

It was a very enlightening experience. Met lots of wonderful people and learned a great deal... and so much more about myself

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This program is free to anyone seeking employment or trying to change employment or just trying to be a better employee. It combines Christian values with practical applications such as resume writing, speaking, and determining goals and talents. There are experts available in different fields such as finances and businesses as well as mentors and pastors to help with the different situations people find themselves in. The program seeks to build confidence, assist with job seeking, helps an individual to set weekly goals as well as encouraging and defining how to be a valuable employee. It is particularly impressive in the fact that a graduation ceremony is held and a certificate received. This course would enhance anyone's work ethics, stability and self worth.

Devin5

Client Served

Rating: 5

Work and learn has been a trustworthy experience that has not only prepared me for my future but given me new ways to increase my faith! I already had a job coming into it but I wanted to check what the hype was about. To my surprise the program smashed all expectations with joy. Having a practical side of things along with a biblical side of each lecture I believe Work and Learn brings hope back in work force for young and older.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I cannot express my gratitude to the founders, instructors, spiritual leaders, advisors, mentors and other attendees for the outstanding balance of practical information and spiritual self analysis. The Work & Learn process is the most beneficial as I have found that the majority of tips and pointers offered have helped me to identify and successfully overcome my own perceived weaknesses. My self-confidence has dramatically increased as I have barely completed half his course. The guidance and advice are invaluable

1 Rob'n June L.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is my first year participating in the Work & Learn Inc. program. I am very impressed by the opportunity the program provides. It has a comprehensive curriculum that effectively delineates solid work ethics, attitudes and values and includes practical exercises to develop job seeking skills. The program exposes participants to local churches by having pastors instruct on specific work related bible based topics. Also, local business professionals present topics such as defining ones aptitudes and talents , resume preparation, and public speaking to prepare for the interview process. Overall the 12 week program presents an excellent opportunity for a person to be equipped and prepared for a new start on a career and life.

1 Ernest A.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Work and Learn in New London, CT brings people who need jobs and people who have experience in all aspects of employment together. The volunteer mentors get as much out of the 12-week course as the rest of the people.

It is important to know that the course is NOT just for people who are religious! Everyone is welcome, whether they attend any church or not. People who do not believe in God will find the course helpful, too.

It was interesting to hear the various religious leaders tell us their understanding of the Bible passages, and how specific verses applied to different work situations. Food for thought for each of us!

Every week there was at least one expert in some aspect of getting and keeping a job. Some people taught us how to decide which career might be best for us; writing resumes was covered by an HR manager; a representative from Toastmasters helped us feel more comfortable talking in public.

Many of us made friendships that will last long after we stop seeing each other at Work and Learn. We learned not only the course material, but also about ourselves and our neighbors.

The most amazing part of Work and Learn is that everything is FREE! All that is required is interest in getting a job (or better job) and the willingness to keep an open mind.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Work & Learn helps everyone who participates: Those who want to get jobs (or better jobs) and the volunteers who mentor the other participants. It is hard to believe that Work & Learn is completely _free_! Each session of the twelve-week course is divided into two parts: Discussion of biblical principles affecting the worker and work environment (lead by a local pastor); Practical training in resume writing, interview skills, etc. (lead by a HR or business professional). Everyone is welcome, no matter what their spiritual path (or none)!

WWW.FaithBehindBarsAndBeyond.Org strongly supports Work & Learn for ex-offenders, people recovering from addiction, and other people involved with re-entry into society.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I just received my certificate for completing the Work and Learn classes in New London CT. Work and Learn taught me different career soft skills while infusing faith based biblical standards. The class helped me sharpen my skills with public speaking by coaching me to give my 2 minute elevator pitch. I enjoyed listening to speakers from different churches and organizations. We were able to build our career development skills while practicing what matters most in the work environment such as showing integrity and resolving conflicts. I strongly advise people to take this class because you will learn more what you would expect!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Work & Learn is a Bible-centered, faith-based 12-week program that helps it's participants gain vital life and work-related skills to help them secure employment more effectively. It is 100% volunteer run and there is no cost for students to participate - it is FREE with no strings attached. I have been a board member for several years and a volunteer mentor prior to that.

If you live in the greater New London or Norwich area and are looking to better your chances at finding employment or more fulfilling work, I would highly recommend this class.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I participated in the Work & Learn Workshop in Norwich, Ct. I was an Instructor, Mentor and Participant. It is a two part workshop where vital information is taught to help those who are currently searching for jobs/careers or already working to help sharpen their skills in addition to the emphasis on how the Bible tells us we should conduct ourselves in the working environment. Excellent workshop that is well worth the time.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I like volunteering for Work&Learn, Inc. because everyone else there is also a volunteer. We each decide what we want to do for the ministry, so everyone gets to use their best individual talents and skills in the way that contributes the most to the people being served.