Godman Guild’s E3 Program: Educate, Empower, Elevate

The Women’s Leadership Council (WLC) of United Way of Central Ohio is pleased to offer the E3 program: Educate, Empower, Elevate program. E3 is designed to help low-to-moderate income working women reach a new level of financial stability for themselves and their families. The WLC is a volunteer-driven group of 400+ dedicated women who have collaborated with Apprisen, the Godman Guild Association and New Directions Career Center to provide a comprehensive program that prepares women for their next educational and employment endeavors.

THE E3 EXPERIENCE: E3 candidates join a group of like-minded women in a Preparation Program designed to help them achieve post-secondary (college, certification, or apprenticeship) educational goals and obtain work in a livable-wage career field. The Preparation Program meets mostly Tuesday and Thursday evenings (6:00 – 9:00 PM), with an occasional Saturday, over the course of a fall or spring semester.  It includes instruction in:  Personal Enrichment Topics, Financial Literacy, Educational Readiness, Career Development, and College Preparatory Math and English (If needed). Supportive Services from the knowledgeable staff at Apprisen, Godman Guild, and New Directions Career Center is provided during the Preparation Program and for up to 48 months after – while E3 women attend their post-secondary programs.  Supportive Services include:  Mentorship from the WLC,  Case Management/Career Counseling,  Career Placement Services, Financial Counseling,  Transportation and Child Care Assistance, Emergency Financial Assistance, an Incentive Program, Monthly Support Groups,  Opportunities for Networking, and Continued Support!


  • Women,
  • 18 years or older
  • High School Diploma or GED
  • 9th Grade Reading and Math Levels
  • Work Experience
  • Current employment or some other means of financial support
  • Motivated to pursue higher education within 6-9 months of program start date


  1. Contact New Directions Career Center at (614) 849-0028 or programs@newdirectionscc.org to begin the process
  2. Complete the TABE Test with at least 9th grade reading/language and math levels.
  3. Complete the E3 program application.
  4. Complete an individual orientation interview with an E3 staff member to discuss details about the program.
  5. Attend a final selection interview with a panel of representatives from E3 partner agencies and the WLC.

** There are a limited number of spots available in each cohort.

We thank you for your interest in E3, and look forward to working with you in the future!

The E3 (Educate, Empower and Elevate) program is sponsored by the

Women’s Leadership Council of United Way of Central Ohio.


Download the E3 Brochure

Download the E3 Application

The E3 (Educate, Empower and Elevate) program is sponsored by the

Women’s Leadership Council of United Way of Central Ohio.