Credential to Career Coaching
A free program to help low-income parents choose a career, and make a plan to enter it.
Credential to Career Coaching (C2C) is a three-month program with group workshops and one-on-one coaching that helps unemployed and under-employed parents enter careers that will fully support their families. During the program, each participant will create a detailed, personal plan to achieve their goals! Scroll down to learn more.
Credential to Career Coaching
Credential to Career (C2C) is a free three-month program that helps unemployed and under-employed parents identify a pathway to a career that pays a family-sustaining wage. In the program, you will:
Identify a career that matches your skills and interests and pays enough to support your family
Figure out what training or education you need for your chosen career
Create a budget and financial plan
Create a step-by-step plan to help you achieve your goals
Receive a small financial stipend
C2C combines weekly two-hour group workshops with individual coaching sessions. During the program, you will create a detailed, personal plan to achieve your goals! We also provide a full year of follow-up support.
To read about the impact of the C2C program, click here.
To learn about eligibility and enrollment, scroll down.
Am I Eligible?
To be eligible for C2C, participants must:
Be a parent or guardian of a child under the age of 26
Have a household income below 200% of the Federal Poverty Level
Attend an Information Session prior to enrolling
Be willing and able to attend in-person workshops and coaching sessions
We will help you figure out your plan! You do not necessarily have to plan to enroll in college, and you don't need to have a specific career in mind.
Participants do not need to be a citizen or green card holder to be in our program, but they do need to be legally eligible to work in the United States.
How Do I Enroll?
To enroll, you must:
1) Attend an Information Session
2) Complete an intake meeting with a Credential to Career Coach
To get started on this process, please use the form below or email us at
Frequently Asked Questions
Do participants receive college credit for this program?
C2C does not give college credit to participants. We are not affiliated with any colleges or universities. We will help participants make a plan to enroll in college if that makes sense for them, but we do not provide college credit ourselves.
Is this a job placement service?
No, we are not a job placement service. Instead of focusing on getting participants a job right now, our goal is to help them create a pathway to long-term career success that pays a family-sustaining wage.
Is this a resume writing workshop?
No, it is much more than that. We will certainly help participants with their resumes, but our main goal is making a long-term plan that allows participants to enter careers that can support their families.
Do participants need to live in the MetroWest area to participate?
Participants do not have to live in the MetroWest area to be a part of the program, but they do have to be willing and able to travel to in person workshops. We have recently expanded C2C to new regions across the state, so please reach out to to determine if there is a session in your region.
Where and when are sessions held?
The timing and location of each three-month cohort changes. For the latest information about dates and times please e-mail Erin Lotridge at or call 617-752-2380.
Do participants have to attend every workshop?
We ask that participants make every effort to come to each workshop and coaching session. We cover a lot at every meeting, and if a participant misses a session, they will miss some important information.
Do participants need to pass a CORI check?
No, participants are welcome in the program regardless of their CORI results. However we will ask about CORI’s during coaching to ensure that the participant is exploring appropriate careers that are attainable with a CORI record.
Do participants have to be fluent in English before enrolling?
Participants do not have to be fluent in English to participate in our program, but the sessions are conducted in English, so it is best if they have at least a conversational level of understanding.
Do participants need a GED/HiSET/high school diploma before enrolling?
No, participants do not need to have a GED/HiSET/high school diploma to be in our program. If a participant does not have a high school credential yet, we will work with them to make a plan on how to get it.