Adult Learners Gain Work Experience Via Community Project

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Work Experience Supervisor Justin Olmstead of the Adult Education and Workforce Development division of the Erie 2-Chautauqua-Cattaraugus BOCES stands with his student crew that is working to refurbish the Jamestown Union Gospel Mission. (L to R): Deborah Lopez Febo, Carlos Castro Mojica, Justin Olmstead, Sarah Williams, Katherine Burgos Leon, Jacqueline Monge, and Natacha Rivera Rosario.
Work Experience Supervisor Justin Olmstead of the Adult Education and Workforce Development division of the Erie 2-Chautauqua-Cattaraugus BOCES stands with his student crew that is working to refurbish the Jamestown Union Gospel Mission.
(L to R): Deborah Lopez Febo, Carlos Castro Mojica, Justin Olmstead, Sarah Williams, Katherine Burgos Leon, Jacqueline Monge, and Natacha Rivera Rosario.

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Erie-2 Chautauqua-Cattaraugus BOCES

The Adult Education and Workforce Development’s Work Experience Program of the Erie 2-Chautauqua-Cattaraugus BOCES is dedicated to being involved in the Chautauqua County community.

Upon the retirement of Rev. John Steinhauser, the Jamestown Union Gospel Mission closed in 2015. The United Christian Advocacy Network has acquired the building and a student crew has been working hard with UCAN leaders and Work Experience Supervisor Justin Olmstead of E2CCB to prepare for the future opening of the homeless shelter.

Refurbishing the kitchen is only one of the many projects on which the student team is working. They are also cleaning and maintaining floors, walls, and cabinets as they gain valuable jobsite skills.

The students are not only working on this worthwhile project but they are also preparing for their High School Equivalency Diploma and some are studying to improve their English skills.

Olmstead and Literacy Coordinator Tami Berg of the Family Learning Zone at the Gateway Center are looking forward to continuing to develop E2CCB’s partnership with UCAN.

For more information about E2CCB, its many career/technical education and literacy opportunities, visit www.e2ccb.org.