Montgomery County Community College
About the Program
The POWER (Partnership on Work Enrichment & Readiness) Program is an educational program that complements mental health and drug and alcohol services by preparing students for College
The POWER staff consists of 4
The POWER program was designed and developed in 2005 to target County residents with a chronic psychiatric diagnosis or dual diagnosis (co-occurring disorders, such as substance abuse along with a mental illness). Students in the program represent a diverse cross-section in ethnicity, age, income, educational levels
The program introduces students to College-level coursework, prepares them for
The design of POWER is based on the recovery model of mental health services.
POWER is offered as a free a two-credit course in Strategies for College Success at Montgomery County Community College. The twice weekly, 90-minute class, emphasizes the following topics: Study Skills and Work Habits; Balancing School, Work and Life; Professionalism; Career Assessment; Communication and Public Speaking; Ethics; Time Management; Teamwork; Use of Technology and Computer Skills; Decision-making and Goal Setting; Interviewing, Job Searching, and Resume Writing. The POWER program is open to anybody who has been diagnosed with mental health and/or substance abuse disorders, and able to complete
Upon completion of the power program, students may continue to attend weekly power plus classes during the semester. Two classes are now offered for continued support: Power plus Education, for those continuing to enroll in college courses, and Power plus Employment, for those students seeking volunteer and/or job opportunities. These classes have been structured so that one can attend both power plus classes weekly.
Key to the success of the POWER program is student retention throughout the semester. To ensure regular attendance, the program is offered free-of-charge to participants. Travel stipends and textbook vouchers are available for the students. The POWER program is a unique project that is not available at any other community colleges in Pennsylvania.