Community Foundation of Northwest Georgia Funds Students’ Chances at Real-World Experience

Eckerd Connects’ Paxen receives ongoing funding to provide education and workforce development services, but these funds do not cover the expenses of students’ hands-on learning opportunities like outings to museums and colleges. The Community Foundation of Northwest Georgia recently met that need, and Paxen students will now get the real-world experiences necessary for success.

“We rely on grants to help fund these activities,” says Carley Huguley, Paxen Georgia Operations Director. “The $1,000 grant will allow us to take some participants on college tours to Chattahoochee Tech, Georgia Highlands, or Georgia Northwestern Technical College, or perhaps to the Tellus Science Museum to discuss opportunities in the science and technology industry.”

Paxen in Northwest Georgia has served 126 participants since the opening of its local office last July, and the numbers speak volumes to the program’s success.

“I’m a believer in the Eckerd Connects’ Paxen programs,” said Patrick Nelson, Community Redevelopment Coordinator for Bartow County Government. “I’m impressed with the young people I’ve met that have been through Paxen’s programs. They’re ready to enter the workforce and be productive members of society. We are honored to be able to help them with their mission.”

Eckerd Connects’ Paxen specializes in developing and delivering outcome-based programs that build academic, employment and life skills. The organization was founded in 1984 and has grown in both size and scope, now offering innovative new programs designed specifically for youth involved with juvenile justice.

“We help them become workplace ready,” added Carley Huguley. “Some need help preparing for their GED, while others need help polishing their interview skills. We’ve helped 31 youth earn their GEDs, 16 youth earn their ServSafe Credentials, 5 youth complete the CNA state exam, 1 youth join the military, and 4 youth are currently enrolled in post-secondary education.”

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