Education Services

Many Safer Foundation clients have not completed high school. In order to help them become more competitive on the job market, Safer provides a series of educational programs.

Safer Foundation’s education services help clients become more marketable when searching for jobs.

GED Programming

Safer’s innovative educational programs increase literacy skills, help clients obtain GEDs, and teach basic life skills.

Safer is an official GED testing site for the State of Illinois. Clients at the Adult Transition Centers, PACE, Youth Education Program and Harvey Employment and Learning Center can study for and take their GED.

Job Readiness

A key component to Safer’s programming is its weekly job readiness class. Many of Safer’s clients lack the skills necessary to be competitive on the job market. These skills include interviewing, workplace etiquette, and the ability to appropriately address their backgrounds. This educational model encourages clients to network with each other and their instructors to search for and obtain employment.

PACE Institute

As a division of the Safer Foundation Educational Services Department, the PACE Institute provides adult literacy and High School Equivalency preparation to Cook County Department of Corrections (CCDOC) detainees who voluntary request to improve upon their educational level. MORE >

Youth Education Program

Safer Foundation provides court-involved youth16 to 21 the academic tools and job readiness training needed to succeed and become productive members of society. MORE >

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