Washington, PA –

Community Action Southwest’s Adult Education Program that is designed to assist residents age 17 or older to obtain their GED and/or increase their learning skills in order to secure employment or attend a trade school or college is enrolling new students.

A full schedule of classes is in-place in Washington and Greene Counties. Classes are taught every Monday, Wednesday and Friday each week at the Greene, Mon Valley and Washington PA CareerLink sites.

Additionally, CAS also offers classes in Carmichaels and Bentleyville on Tuesday afternoons and on Thursdays in Carmichaels and Washington until 7 p.m. each week.

Upon enrollment and orientation, Pennsylvania-Certified Instructors work with students to determine the appropriate level of classes they will attend in addition to establishing their weekly class schedule.

Students enrolled in the program are also partnered with a trained case manager who will work with them on job development and trade school or college enrollment procedures. With the help of their case manager, students are able to explore their career options and overcome their barriers while being connected to some of the area’s largest employers and postsecondary schools.

CAS’ Adult Education Program is part of the agency’s Community Action WORKS initiative designed to serve its clients in a comprehensive fashion. Addressing adult education, employability, skills, housing and asset development, while creating opportunities and providing support for economic independence is the framework in which client success is realized.

CAS’ receives funding from the Pennsylvania Department of Education, Bureau of Postsecondary & Adult Education in addition to the Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development to operate its Adult Education Program.

For additional information or to register for classes, please call 1.877.814.0788 ext. 530.

Washington, PA --Community Action Southwest is offering free classes at its Computer Learning Center in the City of Washington for lower income adults interested in enhancing their skills for employment or educational opportunities.

The classes taught include Basic Computer Skills, Internet Skills, Email Skills, Keyboarding, Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel. All of the classes are taught by volunteers once per week for four to six weeks (depending on the topic) and are held between the hours of 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Three of the classes have been scheduled for next month:

- The Basic Computer Skills class consists of five sessions and will begin on Monday, September 12th from 1:00pm to 3:00pm.
- The Microsoft Word class consists of four sessions and will begin on Thursday, September 15th from 9:15am to 12:15pm.
- The Microsoft Excel class consists of six sessions and will begin on Monday, September 12th from 9:30pm to 11:30pm.

These classes will be offered at the agency’s Washington office location at 150 West Beau Street, Suite 304.

For more information, to enroll in a class or to be added to the waiting list for another class offering, please call Carly at 724-225-9550 ext. 424. Classes are offered based on community need.

CAS’ Computer Learning Center is part of the agency’s Community Action WORKS initiative designed to serve its clients in a comprehensive fashion. Addressing adult education, employability, skill enhancement, housing and asset development, while creating opportunities and providing support for economic independence is the framework in which client success is realized.

May 2nd, 2016

Harrisburg, PA – Community Action Southwest (CAS) received statewide recognition recently as the recipient of two Distinguished Service Awards, presented by the Community Action Association of Pennsylvania (CAAP).

CAS received the Innovative Program of the Year award, which recognizes an agency whose newly developed program significantly impacted the quality of life for clients in a meaningful way. CAS partnered with Jefferson-Morgan School District this past year on a program called Community Innovation Zones. Both CAS and the school district are jointly committed to addressing the achievement of low-income students in rural Greene County.

CAS recognized that in order for children to succeed, their family unit must develop jobs skills, prepare for post-secondary education and possess technological skills. CAS strengthened their relationship with the school district and centralized services by implementing a Basic Computer Skills class for parents, creating transition activities for each grade level, and providing an on-site caseworker, among other initiatives. The strategies implemented have resulted in an increase in parent engagement, improved school readiness for children at risk of educational failure, and families working toward self-sufficiency.

The Community Engagement Award recognizes agencies whose initiatives successfully improved their community, improved the conditions for low-income families, and/or strengthened the agency’s relationships with its community partners and leaders. CAS was honored with the Community Engagement Award for instituting the Assets for Independence program (AFI).

Many low-income families lack the financial skills and capacity to manage and save money to escape poverty. To help clients achieve a greater degree of self-sufficiency, CAS partnered with nine local financial institutions to provide a $2 to $1 matched savings program for clients to purchase a home, capitalize a small business or transition to post-secondary education. Since CAS began offering AFI in 2012, 36 people have graduated from the program and 39 individuals are currently active savers.

Community Action is a locally designated and implemented anti-poverty effort performed by Community Action Agencies across the country. The 41 member agencies of the Community Action Association of Pennsylvania serve 64 counties in Pennsylvania. Agencies leverage federal Community Service Block Grant funding to attract additional financial support and resources to continue the fight against poverty.

On Wednesday, May 11, 2016, the Maple Terrace Head Start and Early Head Start Center in Washington will celebrate the completion of the center’s parking improvements project with a ribbon cutting ceremony and open house. In August 2015, Morgan Excavating of Belle Vernon completed the $76,639 project that was designed by Widmer Engineering of Washington. This project, located at 1136 Maple Drive, involved the construction of an 11,000 square foot parking lot, which provided 22 additional parking spaces for Community Action Southwest staff and Head Start parents, while also improving the flow of traffic at Maple Terrace.

In 2004, the Redevelopment Authority of Washington County collaborated with Community Action Southwest (CASW) and the Washington County Housing Authority to convert a vacant public housing building at the Maple Terrace site into a new Head Start facility. The Redevelopment Authority used Community Development Block Grant funds to renovate the building for the Head Start center, which includes four classrooms, a kitchen, offices and meeting space to serve 80 children and their families annually. CAS leases space from the Housing Authority at Maple Terrace and operates the Head Start Program there.

The Head Start Program provides comprehensive child development programs that serve low-income children from birth to age five, as well as pregnant women, and their families. The program is designed to encourage the healthy development of young children through a wide range of services, such as parent education and referrals. The program is child-focused, with the overall goal of increasing school readiness of young children in low-income families.

This project is a welcome addition to the community and will complement the existing facility. On behalf of the Washington County Board of Commissioners, the Redevelopment Authority utilized Community Development Block Grant funds to complete the project.

Washington, PA – Community Action Southwest is pleased to announce a partnership with the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation to coordinate Work-Based Learning Experiences for high school students with disabilities ages 14-21 in Fayette, Greene and Washington Counties.

The Work-Based Learning Experiences are essentially internships, where students will gain 90-hours of paid work experience on-site with a local employer.

With parental permission, Office of Vocational Rehabilitation staff will meet with students to determine program eligibility. Once eligibility is verified, Community Action Southwest staff will meet with the students to determine their career interests, skills and abilities. Staff will then help the students develop resumes and begin connecting them with employers in the community to establish internship sites.

Through these internships, students will receive work experience, be paid an hourly stipend by Community Action Southwest and most importantly, gain some work experience to help them succeed in a career upon graduation.

This program is funded through an Innovation and Expansion grant through the Pennsylvania Office of Vocational Rehabilitation.

For additional information, please contact Program Coordinator Eric Braun by telephone at 1.877.814.0788 ext.526 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..