Building Skills for Life and Work.

Making a Better Life

After starting at Up's Gardere adult education program to work on my HiSET, I was drawn to the Certified Nurse Aide (CNA) program. I want to help people: I want to be that person that people can trust to care for them. We are blessed to have such good teachers that make learning fun. And Mr. Howard at Gardere...he made learning easy.

- Kim H.
Underemployed to In-Demand

I graduated in August with my NCCER Millwright credentials and have just been hired making $27.74 an hour with full benefits for a local industrial contractor. You don't know what its like to go from begging people for work to having three companies trying to hire you.

- Byron B.
From Homeless to Hopeful

A year back, I lost my job and for 6 months I was unemployed and close to homeless. A friend talked me into going back to school. I had reservations about it, but it's been real good to me. The nationally-recognized industrial credentials will help me stand out from the crowd so I can get a good job.

- David N.
Creativity Promoting Literacy

Postlethwaite & Netterville, APAC has been a long time supporter of the Up Alliance. Each year, the P&N Marketing Team looks forward to receiving a collection of student writing and artwork with the challenge of designing an attractive anthology that the students can be proud to share. It has been rewarding to see how our creative work can help promote literacy throughout the community in this way!

- Postlethwaite & Netterville, APAC
Expanding Educational Opportunities

When the Gardere Initiative set out to improve the quality of life for residents in our community, we knew that it would be important to include opportunities for education. At the same time, we found that adult education services were limited in our area, making it difficult for individuals to access services. Fortunately, we have been able to partner with the Up Alliance to offer classes right here at our site on Ned Avenue! This partnership is definitely a good thing for the Gardere community!

- Gardere Initiative

Creating Collective Impact

Up Alliance offers a continuum of services for adults looking to move Up, regardless of starting point. We reach students learning to read, gaining English language skills, preparing for high school equivalency tests, and earning industry recognized career credentials- all important skills for life and work! Our approach is innovative, with Up Alliance serving as the backbone of a collective effort. Up Alliance launched in 2005 with the task of implementing a community-wide literacy plan, and while our strategies have evolved, our work remains collaborative.

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