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Refresh Your Career

Whether you are unemployed, under-employed, considering a career change, or just ready to upgrade your skills, MontgomeryWorks can help you rejuvenate your career through workshops and training.

Career Development Workshops - For the many job seekers who need new skills for entering the workforce, our short-term career workshops provide quality information in a variety of subjects, including resume writing, successful interviewing, job search and career planning, basic computer operation, word processing, and internet searching. We also offer early intervention job readiness workshops for unemployment insurance claimants who want to return to work.

You may register for workshops at the MontgomeryWorks location nearest you.

Click here for the latest workshop calendar.

Individual Training Accounts - MontgomeryWorks can provide Individual Training Account vouchers for adult and dislocated workers to purchase occupational skills training from providers selected in consultation with their case managers. The training focuses on high-demand industry sectors, such as information technology, biotechnology, health care, construction, and retail, sales, and service-as well as basic literacy and language skills. To find out if you are eligible for occupational training, contact a career specialist at (301) 946-1806. For a list of approved training providers in Montgomery County, click here.

At MontgomeryWorks, eligible candidates can gain the training and certifications required by local employers. You may be eligible for one of the following:

  1. Training and certifications through Montgomery College and other local career schools
  2. English as a second language classes
  3. Technology and healthcare training
  4. Sales and customer service training
  5. GED, Adult High School Diploma, and other continuing education programs
  6. Apprenticeship programs

Workshop Descriptions

Where should I go in my career? Do I need a resume? How can I ensure a successful interview? If you have asked yourself these questions, let MontgomeryWorks give you the answers.

Our workshops offer insight and information into every part of a job search. From choosing your next career step to learning how to negotiate for a higher salary, MontgomeryWorks has a workshop to help elevate your search.

Job Readiness Workshops

  1. What do you want to do with your life? Take a career assessment that will measure your likes and dislikes. Then, compare the results to professionals in various careers.
  2. Successful Job Search and Career Planning. Set goals, identify, organize, and communicate your interests, values, and skills to find the best fit for you.
  3. Resume Writing Parts I and II. Learn the key ingredients to a well-written resume and cover letter. Discover the key information that will make your resume stand out.
  4. Successful Interviewing and Salary Negotiation. Learn how to prepare for an interview. Find out the types of questions that are asked and how to answer them. Then, learn the best tips to significantly increase your salary.
  5. Job Search Readiness for Ex-Offenders. This one-day workshop will offer skills assessment, application instruction, and tips for how to handle the “offense” question. At the end of this workshop, you will have a complete job search portfolio to begin a job search the following day.
  6. Veterans Job Search Workshop. This two-day workshop offers hands-on assistance to unemployed veterans. Learn how to use the resources of the One Stop Center, identify employment goals, discover barriers to employment and strategies for overcoming them. Veterans will also research jobs, develop networking strategies, revise resumes, and learn techniques for submitting applications.

Computer Workshops

  1. Introduction to Personal Computing. Learn basic computing concepts for PCs including hardware and software terminology.
  2. Microsoft Windows 2000 Introduction. For novice PC users, build a solid foundation of knowledge including using the desktop, taskbar, my computer, Explorer, and more.
  3. Microsoft Word 2000 Introduction. Learn how to use Office Assistant, basic document skills, check spelling and grammar, and much more with this introductory workshop.
  4. Online Learning Center Orientation. Learn to use this self-paced internet-based tool for developing or upgrading your computer skills. Available lessons cover software including Access, Excel, FrontPage, Outlook, PowerPoint, and Word. A valid email address is required for this workshop.
  5. Introduction to the Internet. Discover basic features of internet exploration including how to “surf” using correct URLs, hyperlinks, and other search engines. This course also covers electronic mail and attaching resumes to an e-mail message.

Workshop Calendar

Click here for the latest workshop calendar. All classes are taught at the MontgomeryWorks Centers unless otherwise noted.

Workshops are subject to change

Healthcare Employment & Learning Pipeline (HELP)
With funding from the Healthcare Initiative Foundation and Holy Cross Hospital, and in collaboration between MontgomeryWorks, Holy Cross Hospital and Montgomery, Healthcare Employment & Learning Pipeline is a unique training program that offers participants the opportunity for classroom instruction and work experience for two up-and-coming roles in hospitals:  Patient Registration Representative and Health Unit Coordinator. For answers to frequently asked questions, review the HELP Brochure.   For information about the application process and orientation and assessment dates, review the HELP Recruitment Flier.

Applications must be completed and returned before registration for orientation and assessment.

  1. To access the pen-and-paper version of the HELP Application, review and print the HELP Application PDF format.   After completing the application, please return to Mary Ngo by mail at MontgomeryWorks, 11002 Veirs Mill Road, Westfield South Building, Wheaton, MD  20903 or by fax at 301-933-4424.

  2. To access the electronic version of the HELP Application,review the HELP Application Word format.  After completing the application, please return to Mary Ngo by email to mngo@montgomeryworks.com.

For more information, please contact Mary Ngo at 240-283-1560 or mngo@montgomeryworks.com.

Workplace English for Hospitality

Funded by Montgomery Coalition for Adult English Literacy and Montgomery County Government, Workplace English for Hospitality allows English language learners the opportunity to learn about career paths in the hotel and lodging industry while improving their English proficiency.  For information regarding eligibility requirements and orientation dates and times review the Workplace English for Hospitality flyer.

For more information, please contact Mary Ngo at 240-283-1560 or mngo@montgomeryworks.com.