Cara Chicago launches Cara Plus to expand its reach and impact

Jul 10, 2019 No Comments by

Cara Chicago has launched a new entity Cara Plus to share its workforce development services approach with partner organizations in other cities. Cara initially tested an expansion model with Lutheran Social Services in Fort Wayne, Indiana in 2016, co-creating LSSI Works, a workforce development program steeped in the Cara methodology. In Atlanta, Cara has now launched […]

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First Step offers workers “second step” to higher skills and earnings

Jun 17, 2019 No Comments by

First Step Staffing in Atlanta has introduced “Second Step” construction skills training to provide its workers a pathway to higher paid jobs. The first class of 9 graduated in March, and all were hired by major area construction firms in jobs paying $15 to $18 per hour. The second class began this month. First Step’s […]

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Hope Builders blends skills training with temp-to-hire staffing

Apr 22, 2019 No Comments by

Alliance member Taller San Jose Hope Builders in Santa Ana (Orange County), California provides life and job skills training to disadvantaged young adults to help them achieve and maintain self-sufficiency. Participants receive skills training for high demand jobs in construction, IT, medical assisting and business office applications. Last year, the organization decided to add staffing […]

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Opportunities, Inc./DPS hosts manufacturing apprenticeship

Apr 08, 2019 No Comments by

Alliance member Opportunities, Inc./Diversified Personnel Services (DPS) has been selected to sponsor and host a new Industrial Manufacturing Technician (IMT) apprenticeship program in collaboration with Wisconsin Regional Training Program (WRTP)/BIG STEP! The IMT apprenticeship is designed to fulfill the growing need for skilled production workers in advanced manufacturing, and uses a flexible curriculum that can […]

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Proactive approach to rising wages improves quality, performance

Feb 26, 2019 No Comments by

Across the US, wage rates are rising as cities and states pass new minimum wage laws and large firms voluntarily increase pay rates to attract talent in tight labor markets. The benefit to workers is clear but may be less obvious to many businesses. Higher minimum wages boost local spending, expand the labor pool, and […]

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