The uniquely comprehensive Climb program model was developed in 1986 to help move single mothers out of poverty. To date, the program has helped more than 2,000 families reach self-sufficiency, the effects of which will be felt for generations to come. To meet Wyoming’s workforce needs, Climb trains women to enter a variety of occupations: construction and energy, health care, truck driving, office careers, and more.
Climb engages with local employers to create trainings that meet Wyoming’s most current workforce needs. During job placement, staff support the employer–employee relationship with follow-up meetings to establish performance evaluations, problem solve, and communicate for long-term success.
Climb is intentionally designed to accelerate learning and prepare participants for successful long-term employment job skills are technical and relevant to professional opportunities.
- Soft Skills like workplace communication and conflict engagement support workplace success.
- Life Skills like parenting and budgeting provide tools to manage life outside of work.
- Counseling addresses barriers that would interfere with success in the workplace.
- Working With Groups accelerates learning through interaction and builds networks that last beyond the program.
- Consistent Structure models that a crisis doesn’t need to derail progress.
- Relationships build trust and safety.
The program boasts a 92% graduation rate, with 79% of those graduates employed full-time at program completion. Graduates can return to Climb for support with job transitions, promotions and workplace issues. To support graduates’ long-term success, Climb’s contact with them continues in the following ways:
- Monthly graduate dinners/lunches
- Job support (resumés, workplace related topics, salary negotiations, etc.)
- Advocacy and referrals to other community sources and other support
Climb graduates see in a doubling of their average monthly wages; $1,062 (before Climb) increases to $2,130 three months post program. Graduated participants moving off public assistance save Wyoming $801,768 annually from decreased food stamp use after two years post program.
Source: Climb Wyoming
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