Workforce Development

By administering the largest Latina/o serving Workforce Development Department in Illinois, Instituto responds to the respective industry and community demands of higher-skilled, bi-lingual workers and the need for higher wages. Career pathway programs such as Carreras en Salud: A Chicago Bi-lingual Healthcare Initiative, sector training centers such as ManufacturingWorks, and financial and employment services offered through the Center for Working Families provide a holistic approach to asset development of the Latina/o community.

Carreras en Salud: A Chicago Bilingual Healthcare Partnership
Carreras en Salud is a collaborative career pathways program established to bridge limited English-proficient individuals into Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN) positions.

Manufacturing Technology Bridge Program
Started over 15 years ago, Instituto’s Manufacturing Technology Bridge program is one of the first programs of its kind in Chicago to offer an educational bridge connecting low-education adults to high levels of skills training and stable employment. Manufacturing Technology’s curriculum has been adapted regularly based on input from local manufacturers to ensure adult learners remain engaged in the program, as each lesson focuses on skills that are directly applicable to a high-demand jobs, as opposed to generalized concepts.

ManufacturingWorks is a collaborative between Instituto and the City of Chicago’s Mayor’s Office of Workforce Development. ManufacturingWorks is a centralized service center for employers that responds to the growing concern over the insufficient number of skilled workers in the Chicago manufacturing industry.

Mujer Avanzando: Pathways to Independence
Mujer Avanzando is a program responding to the needs of Latina single mothers in Chicago through comprehensive services in career pathways, wealth creation, leadership development, and childcare services.

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