ESTA Program


ESTA

Eliada Students Training for Advancement

Apply for ESTA

Is ESTA a good fit for you? Are you ready to take the next step and begin the student application process? Click Here to open up the referral form.

A parent/guardian, adult mentor, or young adult may fill out the referral form. If you have any questions about the application itself, please contact the ESTA staff at either 770-722-4215 or 828-713-1747, or email us at

You can also fax your referral form to (828) 259-5384 and make sure the fax is to the Attention of ESTA.

More Information

To speak with someone about the ESTA program, please contact Sarah Dickerson, ESTA Director, at 770-722-4215 or at .

Each year ESTA provides students access to workforce development training, life skills development, and academic assistance. Click Here for a version you can download and print.

What is ESTA?

ESTA is a multi-phase program for youth 16-25 years old transitioning to adulthood.  ESTA includes training, hands-on learning, and support services that provide youth a bridge to adulthood. ESTA includes a 6 month follow up period, where staff check in on youth to ensure they are meeting their personal and professional goals.

Homeless Services

ESTA helps youth achieve safe, stable housing. For homeless youth and youth on the verge of homelessness, ESTA offers on campus transitional housing. ESTA works the Asheville Housing Authority and local landlords to help youth find permanency through housing.

Workforce Development

ESTA provides youth the opportunity to immerse themselves in diverse career pathways including Hospitality, Healthcare, Advanced Manufacturing, 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, industry-endorsements, independent living skills, 21st-century workplace skills, and entry into a clear career pathway.

While in the program youth participate in:

  • Industry tours
  • Job shadows
  • 21st century skill building workshops
  • An internship
  • Job placement

Support Services & Life Skill Building

Beyond workforce development, youth in ESTA receive academic assistance and life skills education. ESTA staff help youth achieve their high school diploma/GED, and assist youth in their post-secondary school applications and financial aid applications.

Youth also get assistance planning for housing, transportation, health care, and get training in financial literacy and 21st century skills. Youth also receive opportunities to tour local post-secondary institutions.

Life skills training in ESTA includes financial planning, communication, navigating community resources, healthy living, and household maintenance.

Partner with us!

Is your business interested in providing a tour, job shadows, internships, or apprenticeships? ESTA provides “go ready” employees for your business, with the guarantee that we’ll support their professional growth once they are employed. Please contact Sarah Dickerson at 770-722-4215 to learn more about partnering with ESTA.