Program helps local residents seeking work

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In today’s economy, many people are on an endless job hunt for work that will allow them to provide for their families, offer opportunities for advancement and provide a stable schedule so they can spend their evenings and weekends with loved ones.

At Bethel New Life, we believe that helping dedicated people prepare for and find those jobs will not only help their families, but the entire community.

That is why Bethel is proud to announce our Workforce Development Career Prep program, currently centered on providing participants the skills needed to qualify for positions in Chicago’s advanced manufacturing and construction sectors.

Bethel’s program provides a four-part, holistic approach to professional training that centers on not only finding a job, but obtaining the academic, work skills, financial literacy and technical training needed for entry into a high-paying career path.

On April 18th, Bethel welcomed its first group of trainees for academic testing and orientation. And earlier this month, participants began Employment Readiness Training classes, where they will learn the ins and outs of the workplace and how to thrive financially.

After completing their academic and employment training, students will begin one of two vocational training programs.

Participants interested in manufacturing training will enroll in Breaking Ground’s 16-week Computer Numerical Control (CNC) training program to acquire NIMS certification.

Bethel’s job developers partner with Breaking Ground, Manufacturing Works and A2G to help graduates find promising jobs.

Other students interested in electrical construction will join the Construction Jobs Education Pilot Program (C-JEPP), which seeks to provide eligible individuals interested in careers in the construction trades with the core competencies and education to better prepare them for entry into the construction industry.

ComEd, Intren, Aldridge, Asplundh, HBK Engineering, Lindblad Construction, Meade, M.J. Electric, Primera, PSC and USIC have come together to sponsor this pilot, which will be run in parallel at three sites across the Chicago area by Bethel New Life, the Chicago Urban League and the National Latino Education Institute (NLEI). IBEW Locals have also voiced their support for this pilot.

At Bethel New Life, the goal is to transform the community by creating opportunities for individuals and families to bring themselves out of poverty.

Do you know someone whose dreams are bigger than $8.25 an hour? Call Eric Courts at 773-473-7870 (ext. 133).

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