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Operation ABLE of Greater Boston, Inc.
  • 98 North Washington Street, Suite 200, Boston, MA 02114
  • 617-542-4180
  • Vocational Skills Training
ABLE Beginnings
Program activities:

ABLE Beginnings is a six-week (180 hours), full-time, computer and skills training program for low-income mature workers. The purpose of the program is to provide unemployed and underemployed older job seekers with the computer skills they need to compete for and secure employment. This program gives participants the skills and confidence they need to take control of their online job search.

With A.B.L.E. Beginnings each student will receive:

  • 6 Weeks of instruction in computer skills to conduct an effective job search
  • Instructor-led classes with a low instructor-student ratio
  • Hands-on training in Windows, MS Word, Excel, Outlook, Data Entry, Internet Navigation, Social Media, and Keyboarding
  • Mastery of the online job application process
  • Weekly job search workshops
  • Access to job search resources for each participant, including fast Internet/computer workstation
  • Greater confidence to compete in today’s job market          
Program is offered in: English
Participant demographics:

Unemployed, economically disadvantaged individuals who need to upgrade their computer skills in order to reenter the workplace. The program is open to applicants of all ages.

Anticipated number of SNAP participants per year: 64
Total hours: 30
Program duration: 6 weeks
Rolling Admission: No
Number of cycles: 5
Program start dates: 6/03/24
Sample schedule:
HoursActivity TypeMonTueWedThuFriSatSun
9am - 3pmClassroom Instruction: MS Office; Internet
9am - 3pmKeyboarding, etc.
9am - 3pmIndividual Job Search and Group Workshops
9am - 3pmEmployer Workshops
Is the program offered remotely? Hybrid
Is public transportation available? Yes

Location information:

98 N Washington Street, 2nd Floor, Boston, MA 02114. Training site is located right across the street from North Station and conveniently accessible to Commuter Rail, bus lines, and the Orange and Green Line subways.
Other requirements: 6th grade TABE Reading and Math | Motivated to work | Eligible for employment in US
Program is CORI friendly? Yes
Anticipated outcomes: Certificate of Completion
Other outcomes: Employment/Promotion

Participant Supports:

Participant Support CategoryAll participantsAs needed
DTA SNAP Transportation Support
DTA SNAP Child Care Referral
Are there any out of pocket expenses for the participant? No
Do participants receive any pay? Not applicable

Contact Information

Program Liaison: Patty Ball
Telephone: 617-542-4180
Program code: OPA-VT-BEG
ABAWD Qualifying? Yes