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More about Power-Up

Power-Up: (Providing Opportunities through Work, Education and Resources to Upend Poverty) is an eligibility-based program targeted to TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) recipients and low-income individuals through a local Department of Social Services.

The program focuses on helping with education, training, and employment readiness. Services can include:

  • Education Assessments (Abilities-GAIN/TABE)
  • Career Assessments (VA Wizard, Myers-Briggs/STRONG Inventory)
  • Life Skills, including budgeting, time management, study skills, conflict resolution
  • Work Readiness, including job search, resume/cover letter writing, soft skills training, social media for employment
  • Technology Training, including keyboarding, applications, online learning


Career & Transition Services

The Office of Career and Transition Services (OCATS) connects education and training to success in the “real world.” Career Coaches are available to guide you into a successful career path by offering the following services:


Marjorie Lampkin, OCATS Coordinator, 804-333-6825

Theresa Sirles, Program Manager, 804-435-8973

WIOA Youth Services*

  • Career pathway guidance and planning
  • Leadership development
  • Paid and unpaid work experience
  • Educational Support
  • Career Development

Kaitlyn Taylor, Career Services, Youth, 804-758-6745

Adult Education

  • High School equivalency (GED)
  • Adult Basic Education (ABE)
  • English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • Integrated Education and Training (IET)-workforce preparation

Sherry Grantham, Adult Education Regional Specialist, 804-333-6829

WIOA Adult and Dislocated Worker Services*

  • Training Services

Jean White, Career Services Specialist, Adult & Dislocated Worker, 804-333-6818

Occupational skills training

  • On-the-job training
  • Skill upgrading
  • Supportive Services

Career Services:

  • Workforce preparation
  • Labor market information
  • Career assessments and planning
  • Pre-vocational services

Diane Luttrell, OCATS Program Specialist, 804-435-8970

Career Coaching and Power-Up Program*

  • Education and career assessment and planning
  • Life skills
  • Work readiness
  • Technology skills
  • Occupational training
  • Employment assistance
  • Career Workshops 

Dr. Ebony Lynch, Career Coach

* for eligible individuals