Home job search support & computer classes
Job Search Support Program





For more information and to register, contact Kate Foster at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


 What is the program?

The YW’s job search support program is designed to support women in all aspects of the job search process with an individualized approach. With the economic downturn driving more women to seek employment women may need to improve their Microsoft Office skills, update their resumes, or just consult with someone about the process of finding or returning to work or to simply to discuss where to start. This program is open to all women in lower Fairfield County. The first step is to schedule a ½ hour free consultation. Services are available for a fee with financial assistance available to those demonstrating a need.

Who is eligible for the program?

The YW’s Job Search Support program exclusively for women is open to all residents of towns in lower Fairfield County.

What specific services are offered?

  • Computer classes : Microsoft applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher) with class exercises that provide practical applications to the workplace. Keyboarding for those needing to learn or improve typing skills.
  • One-on-one resume writing assistance: Learn how to leverage past job or volunteer experience and translate it into experience that gets the right job

  • Individual job search strategy/coaching: Learn how to negotiate the waters of the job search process, prepare for an interview, network with others in the field, search for jobs on the Internet, etc.
  • Workshops: TBD


Who teaches the computer classes?

Kate Foster teaches Microsoft Word. Susan Cameron, a computer training professional with over 30 years of experience with computers, teaches Excel. Mandy Teare teaches the Keyboarding class.

Where are the computer classes held?

The classes are held at the Computer Center at the YWCA Darien/Norwalk’s facility in Darien which features state of the art computer stations. The Computer Center was made possible by a generous grant in Fall 2009 from the Darien Technology & Community Fund.

How do I enroll in the classes or other services?

The recommended way is to contact Kate Foster at the YWCA Darien/Norwalk at 203-655-2535, ext. 301 or email her at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and schedule a ½ hour free consultation to discuss your needs and the JSS options available to you.


Beginning and Intermediate Microsoft Excel is scheduled 3 times per year on Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to Noon and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.. Beginning and Intermediate Microsoft Word is scheduled 3 times per year on Thursdays, 10 a.m. to Noon and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m Each class includes practical applications to the workplace, meeting for 2 hours each week for 3 consecutive weeks.


PowerPoint and Publisher are taught 2 times/year. Please refer to the Computer Class Schedule.


Pre-registration is required by calling the YW office at 203-655-2535.




More about the program
The YWCA job search support program was originally developed in the 1980s to help women who need to become financially self-sufficient and to gain the job skills they need to enter the workforce. In the past, participants have been residents of Greenwich, Wilton, Ridgefield, Fairfield, Norwalk, Darien and Stamford.

August 2014
27 28 29 30 31 1 2
3 4 5 6 7 8 9
10 11 12 13 14 15 16
17 18 19 20 21 22 23
24 25 26 27 28 29 30
31 1 2 3 4 5 6

YWCA Calendar

Mon Sep 01, 2014
Labor Day
Tue Sep 09, 2014 @12:00PM
Int'l Club - Book Club meets
Wed Sep 10, 2014 @ 9:00AM
Board Meeting
Fri Sep 19, 2014 @11:00AM
Inspire - Onion Tour