NEW PROJECT AWARD: Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership - Chatham Facility

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This project includes the fit-out of a vacant building to create a full-service satellite workforce center. The workforce center will include multiple partners including state agencies, community-based organizations and other direct service providers. Centers are hubs of activity for job seekers and businesses alike and address the full spectrum of workforce needs for both. Services may include: hiring events, job screening and placement, individualized career planning/coaching, digital literacy training/certification, financial literacy, resume creation and review, interviewing skills and occupational training. Centers typically contain classrooms, private and semi-private offices, computer labs, and resource rooms. Most of that will be housed primarily in the existing configuration on the second floor.

In addition to the traditional workforce center offerings, CCWP has identified a number of potential training programs that will also co-locate at the site. Among these are: Retail, IT, and construction initiatives. In 2016, CCWP was awarded a grant from the Walmart Foundation to create retail sector training centers focused on the skills development of entry-level and incumbent workers.