Saturday, June 2, 2012

Grossmont College office training program receives grant

Women Give San Diego, a local nonprofit organization, has awarded Grossmont College’s Office Professional Training (OPT) program a $15,500 grant to assist with counseling services for OPT students.

The college’s OPT program provides up-to-date skills training for jobs in professional office settings in the accounting, insurance, and financial services fields. More than 2,200 students have graduated from the OPT program since it started in 1985.

Women Give San Diego, founded in 2010, provides grant funding to nonprofit programs committed to improve self-sufficiency and economic security of women and girls in San Diego. Women Give San Diego is affiliated with the Women’s Foundation of California.

In addition to acquiring office technology skills, the OPT program helps its graduates obtain employment and become economically self-sufficient, according to Mary Leslie, OPT lead instructor. To graduate from OPT, students must complete a 20-week semester consisting of about 600 hours of classroom work, which is the equivalent to what many Grossmont College students achieve in two or three semesters, Leslie said.

“The work of the counselor is essential in helping our students recognize and overcome barriers to their success, both in the classroom and on the job,” Leslie said. “The Women Give San Diego grant will help tremendously with student retention and success.”