March 30, 2021
There are currently ten students enrolled in a course to become Certified Nursing Assistants as part of our latest pilot program providing career opportunities and job training to unemployed and underemployed adults living within the Baltimore Target Investment Zone (TIZ).
The 12-week hybrid online course and in-person clinical work is being offered by Living Classrooms and our training partner, itWORKS with Living Classrooms’ wraparound support from our Workforce Development case managers. The support includes barrier mitigation (like technical issues and time management tools) in addition to job application and placement assistance upon completion of the course. Graduates will also receive at least one year of wraparound and job retention support to help them continue to navigate unforeseen barriers to success during their first year on the job.
The course joins a roster of training programs that have been offered through our workforce development department, including a construction pre-apprenticeship (see below), IT and retail certifications, forklift and flagging training, and youth fellowships. Throughout the last year, our staff has been connecting with community members virtually and offering regular online resume and interview skills workshops in addition to a number of supportive services. Despite record levels of unemployment last year due to the pandemic, we successfully helped 159 Baltimore adults find employment.
Four new students celebrated their completion of our pre-apprenticeship training course during a small recognition ceremony on Friday afternoon. For the past 12 weeks, the students participated in hard and soft skills training in preparation for career opportunities within the construction industry.
All are current or former members of Project SERVE and all enthusiastically attribute the peer support in both programs as being key in keeping them coming back and helping them stay on track after being released from prison. Each has career plans following today’s graduation, including one young man who has an interview with Commercial Construction this week and another who is working towards a career in home remodeling. Please join us in congratulating these hardworking young men as they continue down their paths towards realizing their goals.