Workforce Career Center

Mercer Street Friends’
Adult Education Program
works with adult residents of New Jersey,
ages 16 and older, that are looking to obtain:

  • A New Jersey high school diploma
  • Career guidance
  • Renewing math, reading and writing skills
    to prepare for entrance exams
    for career training/further education

“I was really nervous at first.
I’m a hands-on person.
I need personal attention.
The teachers helped me relax and learn.”
“My instructors were very helpful,
understanding, and full of patience.
They never got frustrated with me.” 

Students receive one-on-one and small group instruction in reading, writing, social studies, science, math, and computer literacy from a teacher or volunteer instructor. The program follows the New Jersey Common Core Standards and College & Career Readiness Standards.

The program is free to participants. 

  • Hours:
    • Monday – 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
    • Tuesday – 9:00 am to 8:00 pm
    • Wednesday – 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
    • Thursday – 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
    • Friday – 9:00 am to noon.

To volunteer as an instructor or donate supplies,
Please call:609-278-6904
or email [email protected]

The Community Work Experience Program/Education Directly Related to Employment Program (CWEP/EDRTE) assists adults receiving public assistance under the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) to enhance and improve their job readiness skills.

Core activities are aimed at reducing barriers
to self-sufficiency and employability.

Participants are referred to the program by the Mercer County Board of Social Services. Upon entering the program, each participant is evaluated for employability and guided through the process of identifying vocational interests, strengths and potential barriers to employment. Based on individual case plans, participants may receive reading, writing and math instruction; computer training; job preparedness and search assistance.

While attending the 16-week program, participants are assigned to nonpaid internships within Mercer Street Friends in order to gain work experience in various potential career paths.