If you're in mental health recovery, our free Partnership on Work Enrichment and Readiness (POWER) program can help connect you to campus life, develop your educational and career potential, and explore career and educational paths.

The POWER program is open to anyone who has been diagnosed with a mental health issue or participates in services offered by the Montgomery County Office of Mental Health and is ideally able to complete college-level work. There is no cost to POWER students for tuition, textbooks or materials.

POWER offers a 14-week course covering:

  • Career self-assessment
  • Presentation skills
  • Time management
  • Resumes and cover letters
  • Interviewing skills
  • Computer basics
  • Balancing school, work and life
  • Professionalism and first impressions
  • Team work
  • Goal-setting and decision-making
  • Ethics and boundary-setting
  • Success skills for college

Additionally, the program helps you to:

  • Develop an individual career and educational plan to help focus your college and career activities
  • Create or enhance your resume
  • Learn more about your chosen career and educational path
  • Complete financial aid applications, registration and course selection (for those going on to college)

If you complete the POWER program and decide to continue your education here, you may enroll in POWER Plus, an educational and supportive class that meets weekly.

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