Posts Tagged: income

Vendor learns new skills to rebuild life

“I was homeless [because of prolonged medical expenses] and another vendor told me about StreetWise,” says Howard. “I had seen vendors on the street, and one of them told me how it worked, so I came in and got started. It’s been working out pretty well so far – the people are nice. “People are very concerned. I start selling in the morning right after church over at Clinton and Adams, at the back door of Union Station. I sell… Read more »

New Career Program Offers Non-Profits Tech Support

United Way of Metropolitan Chicago connects Chicago Career Tech to non-profit organizations United Way of Metropolitan Chicago is proud to announce a new partnership with Chicago Career Tech (CCT), an initiative led by the mayor and created to develop a corps of trained professionals who will strengthen Chicago’s position as a national center for technology businesses. Supported by the City, business community and non-profit sector, CCT focuses on educating recently laid-off industry workers, with at least a high school degree,… Read more »

First class for the middle class

City offers training for unemployed professionals The first day of class isn’t usually in May, the average age of students isn’t 46 and class doesn’t usually involve a personal call for feedback from the mayor. But this was the case for 175 Chicagoans who were the first to begin the six-month Chicago Career Tech program on May 19. “What can we do for the forgotten class?” Mayor Richard M. Daley asked the students, “That’s you. You worked hard, you went… Read more »

Daley excited as first class of Career Tech kicks off

Their average age is 46. Nearly half are college graduates and some are MBA’s. Together, they have 9.5 million hours of work experience. Before joining the ranks of the unemployed, their average paycheck was $46,000. Monday was the first day of the rest of their lives. … In exchange for a $450 weekly stipend, Career Tech participants will work six-days-a-week. Two days will be spent in the classroom acquiring the skills they need to reinvent themselves in such emerging fields… Read more »