Montco's Partnership on Work Enrichment and Readiness (POWER) program can help connect you to campus life, develop your confidence as a student, and discover your educational and career potential. Earn credits towards your college degree, a computer literacy credential, and receive support from a personal student success coach.

If you are living in recovery from mental health, substance use and/or trauma disorders, or participate in services offered by the Montgomery County Office of Health and Human Services, you are eligible for the program. The only requirement is that you are capable of completing college-level work.

POWER students meet on campus for 3 hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays. You will take a 3-credit college course, First Year Experience (FYE 101), as well as a computer literacy course, and receive weekly focused support from program staff and college partners. Tuition, textbooks and materials are included at no cost.

The First Year Experience (FYE 101) covers:

  • Personal development
  • Student success strategies
  • Career exploration
  • Campus resources
  • Presentation skills
  • Time management
  • Resumes and cover letters
  • Interviewing skills
  • Balancing school, work and life
  • Professionalism
  • Goal setting and decision-making
  • Ethics and boundary-setting

Weekly support and enrichment activities will focus on wellness and recovery, academic readiness and employment readiness.

Applications for the Fall 2024 semester are now being accepted. The deadline to apply is August 12th.  All applicants must first apply to the College before completing the POWER application.

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The POWER program is generously funded by the Montgomery County Office of Health and Human Services, Montgomery County Community College and private foundations.