Adult Programs

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Forward March prepares young people – high school dropouts and unemployed graduates – to enter the workforce. Overcoming barriers to employment is the first step. This may mean helping them obtain that GED credential or high school diploma, or assess which career path they should follow, or learn how to manage their lives properly and make good decisions. Operating successfully since 1998, Forward March is conducted in partnership with the National Guard and has changed the lives of thousands youth.



Forward March provides young adults (ages 16-24+) with key work-readiness instruction in critical areas such as computer literacy and critical thinking, enabling learners to acquire and develop skills vital to strong candidacies and lasting success in the workplace. Through targeted instruction and a favorable student-to-teacher ratio, learners explore career options, analyze local job markets, and enhance their candidacies. They learn best practices in resume and cover letter authorship, interviewing techniques, and negotiating tactics. The program provides students the essential skills and strategies for seeking, securing, and succeeding in high-demand occupations!


Delivered by Paxen Learning Corporation in partnership with the National Guard, Forward March has educated more than 10,000 at-risk learners in Florida and Hawaii since the program's inception in 1998. Paxen's proprietary, real-world curriculum helps engage and retain students' interest.

“The instructors made learning easy, and they always went over it to make sure that you understood it completely. Having all these skills under my belt, I feel like I not only can get a real good job, but I will be able to keep it.”
- Raquel Filmore
Florida participant

Learners in the program acquire and master skills, such as computer and document literacy and interpersonal and group dynamics, necessary for lasting success in our 21st-century workforce. Our 15:1 student-to-teacher ratio allows for individualized and small-group instruction, which aids both retention and outcomes. For example, across the history of Forward March we have placed nearly 4,300 participants in meaningful employment.