Reaching Out...Changing Lives


Learning Center

At the Rescue Mission, our focus is not just about getting people off the street. It’s about helping them build a foundation for a changed life. Important to that change is providing the educational support and tools toward becoming gainfully employed and/or to further their education. At the Learning Center, participants are provided with resume-building assistance, job-readiness skills, interviewing skills, access to employment searches online, and professional clothing for interviews.

The Learning Center uses a self-paced, computer-oriented model of study. It offers a safe place where men and women can work on academic and vocational skills, and set healthy life goals while working to remove barriers to employment. Each student is initially assessed for academic aptitudes and career interests. Our staff then crafts an individualized plan of study to help the student progress toward personal goals. Certificates are awarded in various subjects such as reading literacy, computer aptitude, math and vocational skills. Since its inception in December 1998, nearly 1,000 students have participated in the program, and more than 2,500 certificates have been awarded.

Learning opportunities include:

  • Tutoring in math, reading, writing, social studies and science leading to a High School Equivalency diploma
  • Computer literacy training
  • Keyboard training
  • Financial Literacy training
  • Tutoring in English for Second Language Learners
  • Life skills training
  • Web-based housing searches
  • Web-based job searches
  • Bible study courses
  • Prepare resumes
  • Prepare for interviews with appropriate clothing and interpersonal skills.

Special Request

Men who are in addiction recovery often observe that they just can’t think the way they used to.  Everything we put into our bodies, and consequently our blood stream, has the potential to change the physical characteristics of our brain so this phenomenon is to be expected.  Over the past 10 years several researchers have reported significant increases in cognitive processing speed after participants in controlled experiments played video games that require substantial use of peripheral vision to accomplish a goal.  This work has only involved typical college students and David Battin, Ph.D. would like to test the hypothesis that the same experimental design would improve the cognitive processing speed in men recovering from addiction.  If the results are positive the time necessary for a man in recovery to return to full functionality and potentially gainful employment would be reduced. That being said, we are requesting used xBox 360s to test the hypothesis. If you would like to donate one, please contact David Battin at

The center is open to the community Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday from 8am – 4pm. Thursdays 8am – 6pm.

For more information you can download the Learning Center Student brochure, the Learning Center Volunteer brochure, the Learning Center brochure or contact:

David B. Battin, Ph.D., Learning Center Coordinator


315-735-1645 ext. 2221






Physical Location 218 Rutger Street
Utica, NY 13501


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