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Unitek Joins Forces with Fresh Start Women’s Foundation to Expand Support for Students in Arizona

Unitek Partners with Nonprofit Organization to Help Students Achieve Success in Education and Careers to Build a Better Future for Women

Newport Beach, California – Unitek Learning is thrilled to announce a new partnership with Fresh Start Women’s Foundation (Fresh Start). A pillar in the Phoenix community for over 30 years, Fresh Start provides access and resources that empower women to achieve self-sufficiency and use their strength to thrive. The two organizations will partner on an aligned approach to supporting women on their journey toward real-world education, by offering Fresh Start’s Impact Program to Unitek’s Arizona-based students.

A science-based and evidence-informed model that is founded on brain science, the Impact Program leverages strategic goal setting to help women develop sustained behavior changes as they build success in their lives toward gaining economic independence. Students will have the opportunity to focus on five key areas of life success: family stability, health and well-being, financial management, education and training, and careers. The Impact Program’s support system, the first of its kind in Arizona, strengthens a woman’s decision-making skills, persistence, and resilience, empowering her to achieve her personal, educational, and life goals, and ultimately economic self-sufficiency.

“Since 1992, Fresh Start Women’s Foundation has been on a mission to positively reshape the lives of women and strengthen our communities,” said Janis Paulson, Chief Executive Officer at Unitek Learning. “Our goal is to partner with Fresh Start on workforce development for women. Together, we envision a community where every woman reaches her full potential through personal empowerment and financial self-sufficiency. With that in mind, we have educational pathways to help advance the workforce so they can take advantage of every opportunity they want today and down the road.”

Through this transformative partnership, Fresh Start will work with Unitek Learning to better assist students in Arizona by providing its students with access to Fresh Start’s Impact Program, including comprehensive support services and trained experts. Services available will include individual coaching and goal setting, financial literacy, mental health support groups, special topic workshops, and career advising.

“We’re honored to join forces with Fresh Start Women’s Foundation and help change the healthcare workforce. At Unitek, we are committed to educating and building workforce alignment so that the next generation can thrive,” said Karilyn Van Oosten, Vice President of Strategic Business Development at Unitek Learning. “Partnering with Fresh Start is an example of how Unitek Learning is collaborating with community partners to help women obtain skills that allow them to earn self-sustainable wages and change their lives.”

About Unitek Learning: Unitek Learning is the parent company of several distinguished learning institutions: Unitek College, Unitek EMT, Eagle Gate College, Provo College, and Brookline College. Unitek programs teach the clinical practices and theory used in the field today. Equipped with a multitude of sought-after skills, Unitek graduates are prepared to excel in many of the fastest-growing careers in healthcare and nursing.

About Fresh Start Women’s Foundation: Fresh Start is celebrating 30 years of supporting women in Arizona. It’s our mission to provide access and resources that help women achieve self-sufficiency and use their strength to thrive. Our ultimate vision is to create unlimited opportunities for women. Fresh Start serves over 3,000 women annually who are 18 years and older. 86% are mothers, 60% are single mothers and 64% are women of color. These women face a variety of barriers hindering their ability to be personally or financially self-sufficient, including domestic violence, generational poverty, and unemployment. Fresh Start offers focused programs, services, access to training and education, as well as employment and career services to help women reach their personal and professional goals through our award-winning Impact Program. For more information, visit www.freshstartwomen.org or connect with us on Instagram, Twitter or LinkedIn.

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