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"To encourage and support girls' and women's education, training, employment and retention in high-wage, high-skill, non-traditional careers"
Women In Nontraditional Employment Roles (WINTER) was incorporated as a nonprofit organization in 1996. Based in Los Angeles, California, the agency has consistently worked with two sectors. WINTER's most direct services are provided to low-income women and youth who can benefit from receiving the skills and support they need to pursue genuinely gainful employment. Complementing this work, and ensuring that the job training activities and general education lead to real opportunities and long-term employment, WINTER works with representatives of male-dominated industries. The agency not only provides technical assistance that helps those employers recognize the value of hiring women, but it also establishes Industry Specific Mentor Programs on-site so that the education and support provided through the initial training is continued once a job is secured.
WINTER's proactive role as a provider of both technical assistance and direct service has led to institutional change within public and private, union and non-union businesses. And WINTER's holistic approach to service delivery distinguishes it from others in the field. WINTER recognizes the myriad challenges of the women and youth served, and so the agency engages in case management, ensuring that program participants receive not only specific job training, but also an array of support services that will increase the lasting positive effects of that training. In September 2007, WINTER expanded its holistic approach when it opened the Rosie the Riveter Charter High School. Located in Long Beach, California, WINTER's charter school provides students who have not succeeded in traditional public schools with an opportunity to become socially successful while achieving the academic levels necessary for high school graduation and success in registered apprenticeship programs.
Current programs offered to women and youth:
Rosie the Riveter High School Program, HS academic education and vocational training. Mon-Fri 7:30 am - 4:00 pm. 690 N. Studebaker Rd. Long Beach, CA 90803 562-431-0302
WINTERGreen Careers for Women, certified 10-week vocational training sessions for women in green construction & environmental technology careers.
Post-graduation job placement assistance and support services.
Retention services for women placed in non-traditional industries.
- Alexandra Torres
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