Programs & Classes

Current Program Calendar: Jan.-March 2016 Program Calendar - Sarasota & Venice

The Women’s Resource Center of Sarasota County (WCRSC) announces that their annual Scholarship Program applications are now available! Women who live in Sarasota County, are 21 or older, have their GED or high school diploma and have already been accepted into an educational program at a vocational school or college are eligible to apply.

Founded in 1986, the annual WRCSC Scholarship Program, part of the Employment Business Success Program, is designed to encourage and assist women who are pursuing educational programs to prepare for employment within the local labor market.

In keeping with their mission to create personal, social and professional growth opportunities for women and provide the strategies for living that strengthen them, their families and their communities, the WRCSC Scholarship Program has awarded hundreds of thousands of dollars in educational scholarships since the inception of the program.

The deadline for submitting a completed scholarship application with all supporting documentation is Monday, Feb. 29, 2016. An awards ceremony and reception will be held in the spring to honor those selected for a scholarship.  Applications can be picked up at the Sarasota office at 340 S. Tuttle Avenue, the Venice (South County) office located inside the YMCA building at 703 Center Road, or download an application by clicking here 2016-17 WRCSC Academic Scholarship Application.

For more information on scholarship applications, contact Liz Mercer, Career Advisor, or Melissa Eastman, Scholarship Coordinator, at the Sarasota office (941) 366-1700.


Challenge is an intensive life skills program created to enhance the personal and professional growth of women in our community. Any woman in transition, including job loss, retirement, personal issues or simply being new in the area can benefit from this series of classes. The topics discussed help participants to gain self-esteem, develop coping skills, build confidence, set goals and advance job and communication skills.

Previous Challenge graduates have made statements as follows:

“I know better how to deal with anger, set boundaries, and be more assertive… and I have learned a lot from others and made some good friends.”

“It reaffirmed in me the fact that I am deserving of being treated with respect and nurturing love.”

“I feel I have gotten my foot in the door towards moving forward.”

Click here to view our Sarasota and Venice brochure. Click here view the application to register for Challenge. If you haven’t met with one of our Peer Resource Advisors within the past 6 months, then you will need to do so before your Challenge classes begin so we can complete the registration process. Call either the Sarasota (941) 366-1700 or Venice (941) 485-9724 office to schedule your Peer Resource Advisor appointment, or if you need more information on the Challenge program.


Employment and Business Success provides assistance to anyone seeking a new job, scholarships for further education or improved employment opportunities. The program offers one-on-one career counseling sessions, tips for resume writing, job search strategies, employment support groups and a career center with available computers and resources.

More information coming soon about our new “Employment CPR” program … check back for more information in the upcoming weeks.


The WRCSC experience begins with your first telephone call, but the plan for help or change starts when you come to one of our office locations in person to meet with one of our valued Peer Resource Advisors! Caring and non-judgmental Peer Resource Advisors are volunteers trained in active listening. They refer clients to services and programs within the WRCSC, as well as to other community agencies – all within a confidential environment. Peer Resource Advisors are extremely knowledgeable in the resources available in our community.


A variety of programs are offered, including yoga, motivational speakers, social events, financial, legal, counseling, computer classes, and much more. See our Program Calendar (link above) for more information on the programs currently being offered through the Women’s Resource Center of Sarasota County.

For more information about our services, or if you have any questions and comments, feel free to call (941) 366-1700.