UpSkill & Esther's Closet offer brighter tomorrows for women

By Heaven Lee

Women’s History Month is an annual celebration honoring the contributions of women to American history, culture, and society. Women can achieve great things!

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Serena Williams once said: "The success of every woman should be the inspiration to another. We should raise each other up. Make sure you're very courageous, be strong, be extremely kind, and above all be humble."

I work with two amazing programs that can empower women for a brighter tomorrow — UpSkill Waco and Esther’s Closet.

UpSkill Waco is a collaboration of workforce and education partners to provide more flexible and accessible skills training, credentials, and job placement support in high-demand occupations across McLennan county. We currently have two upcoming courses this spring. We are offering Medical Office Certification partnered with McLennan Community College and Waco Family Medicine March 22 - April 14. This training will be at the Bledsoe Recreation Center 6-8:30 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday.

We are looking forward to hosting a Construction Core class in late April during the day at 5749 Bagby, Waco. Within these classes, individuals will also receive job readiness training and wraparound support provided by Heart of Texas Goodwill, which provides many services that help bridge the gap between job seekers and successful employment.

Esther’s Closet is a self-sufficiency program providing free business attire and accessories to women who are beginning or restarting their journey into the workforce. Esther’s Closet provides women with a complete outfit for a job interview and helps with resume writing and mock interviews. After gaining employment, women can choose workplace outfits for seven to 10 days, as well as career development and life skills training. Women enter Esther’s Closet, a place of no judgment, to receive professional clothing or new skills but leave ready to conquer all with their clothing and skills!

Oftentimes, women feel responsible for others and put aside their desires. When you empower women, they touch everyone around them.

Esther’s Closet and UpSkill Waco are valuable resources for our community! Follow us on Instagram and like our Facebook page to stay updated on the latest information!

UpSkill Waco

Website: UpSkill-Waco.org

Facebook: UpSkill Waco

Instagram: Upskillwaco


Esther’s Closet

Website: Esthers Closet Waco | Linktree

Facebook: Esther’s Closet

Instagram: EsthersCloset.waco

Heaven Lee is workforce initiatives coordinator, which is a partnership position of Prosper Waco and Cen-Tex African American Chamber of Commerce.