We have a few slots left for Local Economic and Employment Development Council's Computer Skills Class. In order to register, prospective trainees must complete our intake process. To get your clients started, have them call Ebony McLaurin, Client Services Coordinator, at 773-929-5552 ext. 228. After completing a screening interview over the phone, prospective trainees will be asked to come in to complete the intake process. Please also note that we ordinarily do not accept walk-in applicants. Again, applicants must complete a screening interview on the phone before attending an on-site information session.
This seven week program teaches keyboarding, computer fundamentals, the Internet and World Wide Web, e-mail, Word, Excel and, time permitting, PowerPoint. The power-packed curriculum also includes modules on job readiness and financial education. Participants who take full advantage of our job-placement services usually get jobs.
Back by popular demand: Local Economic and Employment Development's training for Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Certification for Word 2010. This powerful resume-building credential confers instant credibility with employers, colleagues and clients. 88% of managers surveyed said they would hire someone with the certification over someone without it. In order to become certified, an individual must score 80% or higher on a rigorous exam. We've hand-picked several trainees to participate, so we only have a few slots left. Don't delay: the training starts on Feb 14, 2012. The program is open to anyone 18 or older who is drug-free and sober and legally able to work in the U.S. But a solid grasp of computer fundamentals is required, and we require prospective trainees to pass a diagnostic test.
For more information, call or have your clients call Ebony McLaurin, Client Services Associate, at 773-929-5552 ext. 228.
Those looking for employment will be interested in our upcoming open house. Worklocal.org will be promoting new jobs at Green Exchange (2545 W. Diversey Ave.) during an on-campus recruiting event on Wednesday, January 25 from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Northwestern College, 4829 N. Lipps Ave. Employees and volunteers from Logan Square Neighborhood Association (LSNA) will be distributing information about job openings, as well as the benefits of registering for Worklocal.org. Benefits include access to job-readiness, resources, workshops hosted by affiliates and future alerts about openings in the North River Industrial Corridor. LSNA will prepare job seekers with tips on creating resumes and interviewing. The gathering is focused to seniors, recent graduates and job seekers living in Avondale, Lathrop Homes, Logan Square, West Town, Humboldt Park and Hermosa, but residents from other areas are also welcome to attend.
For more information about this event, contact LSNA staff Benjamin Negrete or Suheily DeOleo at 773-549-2525.
The event space at the Green Exchange is being prepared for its first wedding the first weekend of November.
Work Local Event at Logan Square Kitchen. (Photo: Deborah McCoy)
On October 12th, the Local Economic and Employment (LEED) Council partnered with the Logan Square Neighborhood Association to host a WorkLocal.org Community Jobs Initiative event. The event was held at the beautiful Logan Square Kitchen (a Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design [LEED] Gold-certified building) to connect job seekers with employers locating in the Green Exchange, a new green business center in Logan Square. Some tenants of the Green Exchange are anticipating hiring hundreds of new employees within the next year.