Fighting COVID-19 Job Loss

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected people across the globe in many ways, and Bexar County has not been spared. In an effort to assist those in our community who have lost their job due to COVID-19, St. Mary’s University is hosting virtual five-day workforce development workshops in partnership with the City of San Antonio and Project Quest, a local non-profit dedicated to helping residents gain quality employment.

Rattler Readiness is led by faculty and staff of the University and designed to provide residents with a jump-start to re-enter the working world at any level. The workshop is at no cost to the participants.

  • What will I learn? 

    The virtual workshop is open to 12 individuals per month and lasts for five days. Some of the skills learned during the Rattler Readiness workshop include: 

    • Identifying areas of strength and interest 
    • Using modern job search tools like LinkedIn and Indeed 
    • Writing a resume and cover letter 
    • Effective interviewing and non-verbal communication
    • Delivering an “elevator pitch” 
  • Who is eligible? 

    • Lost job or furloughed due to COVID-19 
    • Bexar County resident 
    • 18 years of age
    • H.S. Diploma/GED 
    • U.S. Citizen or Legal Resident/Eligible to work in the U.S. 
    • Commit to working full time for 18 months upon completion of the training program 
  • Upcoming workshops 

    Workshops are held virtually, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to noon. 

    • January 25-29, 2021 
    • February 22-26, 2021 
    • March 22-26, 2021 
    • April 12-16, 2021 
  • How to apply 

    To be part of the Rattler Readiness program, individuals must first apply for Project Quest. If you are accepted, let your intake coordinator know that you would like to participate in Rattler Readiness. 

Interested in volunteering? 

Would you like to get involved with the Rattler Readiness program? Students, faculty, staff, business owners and other community members are all welcome. Engagement opportunities include helping facilitate the workshops, conducting mock interviews, and even hiring our workshop graduates.

Contact Kathe Lehman-Meyer at 210-436-3503 or for more information. 

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