Pictured above: ESTA students are all smiles after receiving positive feedback on their job shadows.
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To speak with someone about the ESTA program, please contact the ESTA Workforce Development Director, Ted Stump, at or (828) 254-5356 ext. 323
Each year ESTA provides students access to workforce development training, life skills development, and academic assistance.
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What is ESTA?
We train and equip students, 16 to 22 years old, who face significant challenges, helping them discover and reach their fullest potential. Our comprehensive approach takes into consideration the Physical, Mental, Emotional, and Spiritual needs of the students we serve.
Many students today face significant barriers to achieving their personal and professional goals. They face housing instability, limited financial resources, may be aging out of foster care, low academic performance, and lack of healthy role models to support them. These youth have limited resources and guidance concerning independent living, educational resources, and career development opportunities.
ESTA provides youth the opportunity to immerse themselves in diverse career pathways including Hospitality, Healthcare, Advanced Manufacturing, Information Technology, or Construction. ESTA partners with employers in the community who invest in youth by teaching them specific skills relevant to their industry. Youth leave the program “go-ready” with entry level employment, post-secondary education, industry-endorsements, independent living skills, 21st-century workplace skills, and entry into a clear career pathway.
Eliada offers transitional living that focuses on independent living skills and training on how to find safe, affordable housing.
Independence is gradually gained with the support of caring adults and mentors. Students live in furnished accommodations and have access to Eliada’s workout facilities, a dedicated student union, and a live-in Student Affairs Coordinator.