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Jobs initiative to boost Chicago jobs

Posted on July 3, 2018

A new jobs initiative aimed at youth will help bolster Chicago jobs.

The City Colleges of Chicago and Chicago Public Schools have announced Jumpstart to Jobs – an innovative initiative to provide Chicago’s young people with career-ready skills and marketable credentials for a successful future. Through the initiative, Chicago public high school juniors and seniors can enroll in short-term career programs in one of nine career fields at City Colleges for free.

“Chicago is a national leader in postsecondary readiness and the Jumpstart to Jobs program is another way we are giving our students the skills they need to succeed when they leave our schools,” Mayor Emanuel said. “This program will help students gain marketable job experience, set and achieve goals, and build a strong foundation for their future.”

Jumpstart to Jobs supports City Colleges’ new commitment to ensuring more than half of its graduates participate in work-based learning opportunities. The new initiative will give students the opportunity to earn certificates in one of nine career areas: A+ technician, welding, basic nursing assistant, forklift operations, logistics, banking, AutoCAD, early childhood education, and human development and family services.

The programs range in length; welding, logistics, banking, CAD tech, early childhood education, and human development and family services will be spread out over five courses, while programs like forklift operations can be completed in less than a week. Students successfully completing the programs earn a basic certificate.

“Our high school students deserve to build the skills and earn the college credentials that prepare them for the job market as soon as they are able,” Chancellor Salgado said. “Jumpstart to Jobs is another key part of our robust partnership with the Chicago Public Schools that offers students the chance to accelerate their entry into the workforce and build a path to wealth.”

Today marked the first day of class for Jumpstart to Jobs programs in early childhood education, human development and family services, and CAD tech at Truman College. Tomorrow, programs in logistics and banking will begin at Olive-Harvey College and Harold Washington College, respectively.

Eighteen students have already completed Olive-Harvey’s Forklift Operators program, receiving a Basic Certificate and a National Safety Council Certification, eight Basic Nursing Assistant (BNA) students have earned a BNA certificate, and five students have completed the A+ certification program to date.