PITTSBURG — The Career and Technical Education Center of Crawford County unveiled its new computer lab Thursday.

The lab will serve as a classroom for the Partners 4 Success workshop that is being launched in Pittsburg through the GOALS program. Generating Opportunities to Attain Lifelong Success is a Kansas initiative to help train adults in the skills they need to obtain a career.

GOALS is administered by the Kansas Department of Children and Families. Local GOALS Team Leader Linseh Johnson has partnered with CTEC and Karen Sooter, adult education director of the Pittsburg Adult Education Center, to create a new workshop program called Partners 4 Success.

The Partners 4 Success workshop is designed from a program with the same name in Salina. It aims to help area adults get an education in communication and math. The program will also serve as an opportunity for community programs to get involved.

“We’re still building our relationships with community programs like Wesley House, and we’re also building relationships with community businesses,” Johnson said.

Through the program, participants will spend six weeks in the classroom learning professional skills and then take part in a two-week work experience. The program offers more than just classwork. Participants will have help creating professional resumes and cover letters, have networking opportunities and receive a makeover from the Fort Scott Community College School of Cosmetology.

“They’re going to be working really hard in here, but we also want to pay attention to the person,” Sooter said.

Partners 4 Success came to Pittsburg in February. Pittsburg is the first city in Southeast Kansas to roll out this kind of program. Through their partnership with CTEC and KSDCF they now have a place to get the program started. All computers for the new lab were donated by Pittsburg State University from the Kansas Technology Center.

“This was a good information session for us,” CTEC Executive Director Michelle Hucke said. “I think we’ll be starting in the next two to three weeks.”

— Chance Hoener is a staff writer for the Morning Sun. He can be emailed at choener@morningsun.net or follow him on Twitter @ReporterChance.