CHICAGO — Applications are being accepted for a workforce development program that aims to prepare people for jobs in the utility and construction industries.
ComEd Infrastructure Academy is accepting applications for the program, which will start Feb. 14, said Laticia Holbert, ComEd workforce development manager.
Participants in the 11-week program will learn practical skills and leave with professional certifications that are often prerequisites for jobs in the field, Holbert said.
“I have a relationship with the graduates, and I’ve seen them go on and make life-changing strides with their families and in the community,” she said. “It’s really something I cherish, and I love seeing lives changed.”
Career exploration opportunities such as job shadowing and career panels will be part of the program. The program will also help participants find jobs after they graduate, offering resume help and job counseling.
Since the program began in 2013, more than 600 students have graduated, and 70 percent have secured employment — in roles from apprentices to customer service representatives — shortly after graduating, according to a news release.
The program, designed to expand the number of minority candidates for good-paying jobs in the construction and utility industries, is a partnership between more than 40 companies and 10 nonprofit training affiliates, according to the release.
Last week, ComEd launched a sister program, CONSTRUCT Business Academy, which will focus on honing participants’ business operations and project management skills, Holbert said. The six-week program has begun in a pilot phase with eight participants.
Next year, 100 applicants will be accepted to the infrastructure program, Holbert said. Applications will be on a rolling basis until all spots are filled.
Interested candidates can apply online at ComEd’s website or through the below social service agencies in Chicago:
- Aspira Inc. of Illinois: 1-773-342-1539
- Austin Peoples Action Center: 1-773-921-2121
- Central States SER: 1-773-542-9030
- Chicago Urban League: 1-773-285-5800
- Chicago Women in Trades: 1-312-942-1444
- Instituto del Progreso Latino: 1-773-890-0055
- National Latino Education Institute: 1-773-247-0707, ext. 257
- Quad County Urban League: 1-630-851-2203
- St. Sabina: 1-773-783-3760
- YWCA of Metropolitan Chicago: 1-312-372-6600
Applicants must be 18 or older and have a high school diploma or GED equivalent. For a full list of requirements, visit ComEd’s website here.
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