Many of us grew up hearing that we needed to study hard, go to college and get a good job. That might have been true in the 20th century, but things have changed over the past two decades—and not necessarily for the better. Today, the average college student has about $27,000 to $36,000 in student loan debt, and it’s even worse for people who pursue graduate degrees.
That’s a lot of money—in fact, it’s an unfathomable amount to most. What’s worse is that a college degree doesn’t necessarily guarantee you a job, let alone one that can pay your bills, especially as more people compete for a finite number of positions.
So, what’s the solution? Workforce development in Illinois is the best way to train workers so they’ll not only survive, but be able to thrive in the workforce. Whether that means developing skills or polishing the ones you already have, you can always stand to bring more to the table. Take the opportunity to make yourself a desirable candidate by enrolling in a workforce development program near you.
Workforce development programs
The African American Christian Foundation is proud to offer workforce development and training programs. We know that having a steady and stable job is the key to economic freedom and security, so we make sure that we help people find a vocation that suits them—and train them in the skills they need to survive. We offer both one- and four-week programs, designed to get you ready to apply to, interview at and succeed with jobs in your skill set. We also offer career counseling so you can explore your options under the tutelage of an experienced, compassionate counselor.
Our work doesn’t stop there, however. In addition to helping you find a job, we also make sure you’re able to succeed after you’re hired. Our team offers workshops on workplace readiness, life skills, personal finance, personal responsibility, coping with challenges, resume writing, job searching, interview readiness, basic computer literacy, Microsoft Office, GED preparation, technical skills attainment, higher education placement, internships and on-the-job and vocational training. In other words, we don’t abandon you after you’re hired—we want you to succeed in your new position, and we do our best to give you the tools to do so.
Not only do we help you get hired and stay employed, but we do our best to match you with jobs that are in demand, have room for growth and will be the beginning of a beautiful career—there’s no shame in minimum-wage labor, but we want to help you do more and be more. Whether you start out as a fast food service worker or have great career qualifications, we want to see you succeed.
To learn more about our workforce development programs in Illinois, reach out to us right away. The African American Christian Foundation is eager to help you get a job you deserve so you’ll be on the path to a successful and stable career in a field you find fulfilling. We look forward to working with you.