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Workforce Development Program

In 15 years of service, A Wider Circle has seen far too few people rise out of poverty. Those who have reached independence did so, in large part, because they got jobs and had the support of others. Our Workforce Development Program is a holistic, intensive, and highly personalized approach to preparing adults to enter the workforce and advance in their careers.


Boot Camps and Workshops

DSC_0242 cropEighty-three percent of our boot camp graduates are now working! Our intensive, 40-hour boot camp combines career planning with the “soft skills” that employers seek. Topics include goal setting, resolution, and phone etiquette, as well as hands-on support and practice with resume writing, cover letters, and interviewing. Following the boot camp, each job seeker is paired with a job coach from the community. For job seekers who cannot attend our boot camp (and for boot camp graduates who would like a refresher), we offer workshops during which participants get personalized attention from volunteers.


Professional Clothing

johnA Wider Circle’s Professional Development Center – through which we serve more than 2,000 individuals each year – has a showroom of professional attire and accessories that is… better than Bloomingdales and nicer than Nordstrom.

Anyone in need of professional attire and accessories is welcome, regardless of whether or not they are enrolled in our classes, and people are encouraged to take as much as they need to interview, work, and simply have the professional clothing they need. Each client is scheduled with a personal shopper who assists him or her in selecting outfits, accessorizing, and feeling confident.


Employer Connections

Resume WorkshopAs with all our efforts to end poverty, our workforce readiness programming is rooted in the power of connections. Partnerships with community employers are key to connecting job seekers with jobs and area businesses with excellent staff members.

For information on participating in workforce development classes, individual job coaching, or to set up an appointment please email us at

To set up an appointment to receive professional attire and accessories, please contact Anne Thompson at

To volunteer as a personal shopper or job coach, please email

Upcoming Bootcamp:

June 19 – June 23
Deadline to apply: May 31


Do you need help finding a job?  Sign up for a one-on-one job search session by calling 301-608-3504.

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