Mt. Zion J.O.B.S.’s success stems from a focus on six key components that lead to personal and professional success: biological needs, security needs, social needs, self-actualization, empowerment, and spiritual. The Mt. Zion J.O.B.S. motto, “Strengthening Minds, Impacting Lives” is fulfilled in its two-prong 10-week curriculum program designed to equip and empower class participants in their quest for a meaningful career opportunity.
Mt. Zion J.O.B.S. classes consist of a Spring session (March to May) and Fall session (September-November) with twenty class topics. Sessions are hosted by the hub site and include a Foundation faith-driven lesson and a Pathways business component.
The 45 minute “Foundation” class is facilitated by a pastor or pastoral representative and addresses the participant’s spirituality. Classes include Who Am I, Who is God, God and Work, Authority and Work, Integrity, Communication and Attitude, Conflict & Stewardship, and Excellence in All.
Following a dinner break is the 45 minute “Pathways” segment facilitated by a business partner who provides job search skills training, interviewing techniques, goal setting, budgeting, resume preparation, and workplace etiquette. Classes include Resume Writing, Goal Setting, Mission, Skills & Job Objective, Interviewing Skills/Mock Interviews, On the Job Etiquette, Computers and the Job Search, Conflict Resolution, and Time Management and Budgeting.
Download a typical class schedule here.
One week is devoted to a Career Fair where potential employers speak to participants about job opportunities and openings and accept job applications. Participants must graduate to receive the full benefits offered by Mt. Zion J.O.B.S.; therefore, written homework assignments are given to both ensure comprehension, and monitor individual progress. This tactic helps to establish a commitment to and desire for personal and professional development. It places emphasis on the ability to change through increased learning and ensures class participants are continually involved.
Each class consists of interactive instruction and small group discussions to develop appropriate communication skills and styles, as well to create a sense of community and common purpose within the group. Each class student is connected with a Mt. Zion J.O.B.S. partner for ongoing mentoring during and beyond the program. The mentors participate in the graduation ceremony upon completion of the program.
More than 800 participants served since 2002.
71% graduation rate for the past three years
70% job placement rate with retention of 75% after one year historical rates
8.6 out of 10 student evaluation ranking score
125 participants in 2013