WHAT IS THE WERK PROGRAM?
BCTC’s WERK Program offers avenues to short-term certification and employment for homeless or housing insecure individuals. WERK offers certification for high-demand jobs that provide stable incomes. WERK stands for Weekend Employment Readiness for Kentucky. Classes meet on Saturdays* for students with work and family demands during the week. Once-a-week classes require less time commitment. (*Other days are available for courses.)
WHO IS ELIGIBLE?
The WERK Program is open to homeless or housing unstable individuals who are seeking a GED, have a high school diploma or GED, or have some college experience.
WHAT IS THE COST?
Tuition is free with the Work Ready KY Scholarship! Students must apply for financial aid and the Work Ready Kentucky Scholarship, which helps anyone without an associate degree or higher to afford tuition towards certain certificate programs. If students qualify for federal Pell Grants, the Work Ready Scholarship covers any additional costs.
LENGTH OF PROGRAM
Short-term certificates can be completed in as little as eight weeks. Courses follow an eight or twelve-week format to support students with challenging life circumstances. Shorter semesters allow students to get in, get out, and get employed faster.
- A+ Prep (Computers & Information Technology)
- Gas Welding
- Data Entry Operator
- Basis Carpenter
**Even if you aren’t interested in the programs above, please contact us. We can connect you with the program and courses that are the best fit for you.
To increase successful outcomes, WERK Program participants have access to laptop loans, 24/7 tutoring, job skills training, job placement services, and more.
Want to learn more?
Gayle Bartilow, WERK Program Director