Preparing individuals with the skills necessary to join and thrive in the workforce for today and tomorrow's industries.
Why is this important?
One of the quickest paths out of poverty towards economic self-sufficiency is sustainable employment. However, being “career ready” means having not only the technical skills but also the soft skills needed in today’s workplace. Despite relatively low unemployment rates, according to studies conducted by NACE (The National Association of Colleges and Employers), there is a current perceived skills gap in the area of career readiness, even for college graduates – from critical thinking to communication to leadership skills and more.
What are we doing about it?
Through the programs we support, individuals get help to find the right career path for them (despite diverse circumstances). We partner with nonprofits that provide individuals in our communities with resources for a better tomorrow – whether through certificate job programs, basic soft skills training, or even removing barriers to employment.
In 2020, we will also be launching our own career readiness program called uLaunch. This program will be aimed for 18-24 year old young adults who are not college bound but are looking for a program to launch them into the job field of their choice. uLaunch will be a 6-week program focused on many professional development topics; such as communication, financial literacy, public speaking, personal branding, interviewing skills, leadership training and more. There will also be a 2-week job shadow experience included to expose students to potential careers in the mortgage industry.