Gerard Place's Community Education Center welcomes not only residents, but any community member who wishes to take part. Much of the programming listed below exists due to partnerships with local agencies and businesses.
Classes are taught by certified teachers from Buffalo Public Schools: Adult Education and qualified volunteers. The program is offered Monday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. for individuals age 17 and older.
Gerard Place offers a variety of life skill classes to residents and community members. These classes cover a wide range of topics including: parenting, budgeting and money management, nutrition, job readiness training, and spirituality. They are designed to empower attendees with the goal of achieving greater self-sufficiency.
CUON is an alliance of Catholic parishes and organizations brought together for the people of WNY. The primary goal of this program is to quickly connect individuals with the support they need. Any one of the partners can assist with getting medical care, food, clothing, emotional support, and spiritual guidance among many other services. You do not need to be Catholic for services.
The goal of the Job Readiness Training (JRT) program is to ensure that participants obtain a better understanding of the many skills involved in finding a job and keeping it. Students learn through testing, paper-based and online assignments, public speaking, role-play activities and mock interviews. Outcomes are measured through pre and post-tests, participation and assignments. Individuals who graduate from this class obtain a special certificate.