Founded in 1988, St. Benedict Education Center (SBEC) is owned and administered by the Benedictine Sisters of Erie. SBEC provides education and job placement services to those on public assistance in order to improve the lives of families.
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Contact Dorothy Stoner, OSB, 814-452-4072, ext 291, if you are able to provide us with any of these items.
The Programs at St. Benedict Education Center
St. Benedict Education Center provides instruction, job readiness and job search services, community service opportunities, employer contacts and job placement follow-up to approximately 1000 participants a year. Intense focus is directed at moving participants into the work force in order to improve the lives of families.
Special emphasis is placed on work ethics, motivational techniques, communication skills, attitude and behavior, grooming and dress, time and stress management, problem solving techniques, resume preparation, interviewing skills and employer expectations. Clients often come with multiple challenges to successful employment. Therefore, the professional staff also assist program participants in managing issues such as transportation, child care, clothing and housing.
SBEC administers EARN (Employment Advancement Retention Network), a state-contracted program funded through the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services and operated in partnership with the Northwest Pennsylvania Workforce Development Board. Client referrals come from the County Assistance Office, and all participants are families.
Additionally, SBEC operates TAP (Targeted Assistance Program), to provide refugees additional support as they transition to life in the United States. Similar training and support services are provided with additional emphasis on English language acquisition. Current participants come from countries such as Bhutan, Nepal, Somalia, Iraq, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Sudan, Afghanistan, Myanmar, Ethiopia and the Central African Republic.
Nancy Sabol, Executive Director
Nancy worked at Gannondale, a private residential center for adolescent females, for 30 years, the last 10 as Executive Director. Recognized throughout the State of Pennsylvania as an advocate for at-risk youth, she was a board member of the Pennsylvania Council of Children, Youth and Family Services. In December 2014 Nancy became Executive Director of St. Benedict Education Center. Her strong belief in social justice, strengthened by her ties to communities of women religious, solidified her desire to continue to serve the marginalized.
Nancy holds a Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology and she is an associate member of the American Psychological Association. She also serves as a Peer Reviewer for the Standards of Excellence for the Pennsylvania Association of Non-Profit Organizations (PANO). She is an Oblate of the Benedictine Sisters of Erie.
Meet the people of SBEC
E.F. Smith Quality of Life Learning Center
For more than 10 years, E.F. Smith Quality of Life Learning Center has partnered with SBEC to improve the literacy and employment prospects of those living in the Erie community. Quality of Life offers GED preparation for those needing a high school diploma and is a certified ESL (English as a Second Language) center.Read more >>>
Greg Robinson learned firsthand that a new job is good both for your finances and for your health. Some years ago, he was working at a fiberglass factory, an environment that proved toxic to his health. He needed to find a “cleaner” job. Today, he works in the housekeeping department at Corry Memorial Hospital and his health and well-being have dramatically improved.Read more >>>
Neal and Sharon Mosher
Emigrants to Canada, Neil and Sharon Mosher know first-hand the challenges of moving to a new country. Yet, their own personal journey did not begin to prepare them for what they encounter as volunteers at SBEC. They left the US in 1970. “We were voluntary immigrants and knew we could go back at any time. Canada, while different from the US, was not a cultural shock for us.” The immigrants they work with today, however, are refugees fleeing war, persecution, and economic strife in countries vastly different from the US or Canada.Read more >>>