Our Mission

WERC is a not-for-profit organization that works to advance women's success in the workplace by building their economic and personal independence.

Since 1988, WERC has provided quality workforce development services to more than 10,000 women from the Capital Region who have lost their source of support due to divorce, separation, or their spouse's job loss, disability or death.  Single mothers or women who are pending loss of public assistance benefits also qualify for WERC's training programs.

Our Vision

Empowered, confident women succeeding without boundaries. 

Our Values

  • Customer-focused organization that works to empower, train and place all those who walk through our door.

  • Regard employers as customers and endeavor to serve their needs for qualified, prepared employees.

  • Nurture the skills, talents, education, and aspirations of all Center Staff, Board, and Volunteers.

  • Continually strive to stay abreast of changes in the workforce development field in order to build and maintain our reputation as acredible source of information on women’s employment issues.

  • Develop all new programs with an emphasis on higher wages and career advancement outcomes for participants

Empowering ALL Women

As an organization, WERC stands for empowering all women, and further, WERC supports Black Lives Matter. WERC recognizes the devastating effects of systemic racism, as well as our obligation to help create a more inclusive, diverse, and equitable society.

The WERC Board of Directors is invested in being part of the solution by helping to create a better, more equitable community. We are furthering our learning by broadening our perspectives and determining actionable steps. It is our intention to actively contribute to the movement to eradicate systematic racism.

Free Services

Each year more than 300 program participants receive more than 2,700 services at no cost to them, including career readiness and computer training, job search and placement assistance, and ongoing supportive services until they find employment.

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WERC has a proven track record of assisting women in the Capital Region, by improving their economic opportunities and providing excellence in workforce development. WERC Students leave WERC's programs with enhanced qualifications, skills, self-confidence, and a deep commitment to achieving excellence in their chosen workplace.

With your support WERC changes lives, enriches families and benefits our communities.

The Capital District Women’s Employment & Resource Center (WERC) is a nonprofit 501(c) (3) organization and donations are tax deductible to the full extent of the law.