Workforce Development Institute Accepting Applications

Freeport, Illinois – The Freeport Housing Authority Workforce Development Institute [WDI] is now accepting applications for the next session of classes to begin June 7th, 2016.  For convenience, WDI offers a morning class 8:30-11:30 am and upon meeting the need of applicants, an evening class 5:00-8:00 pm.  Classes are held in the Empowerment Center located the Freeport Housing Authority main office, 1052 W. Galena Avenue, Freeport.  Although employment is not guaranteed, WDI has had 90% of graduates secure employment.  Applications are available on www.freeporthousing.org and at the HACF Main Office at 1052 W. Galena Avenue, Freeport.

The WDI has a purpose to help identify Freeport as a “workforce ready community” and promote self-sufficiency.  WDI is open to the public and looks to serve the unemployed through employability skills and specialized trainings and referred employees by local employers to improve employee performance.  The Road To Success Program curriculum covers positive attitude and behavior, adaptability, responsibility, professionalism, problem-solving, communication, and teamwork.  Through communication with local employers, these are skills that are lacking in the workforce and thus anyone with these skills will be able to more successfully secure and maintain employment.  All participants take the Work Keys and Talent Assessments and establish goals for progress to be evaluated during the WDI program.

Successful completers of the 72-hour WDI Program earn a Certificate of Workforce Readiness that is recognized by local employers in addition to the Work Keys Certificate.  WDI is located in the FHA Empowerment Center with class sizes of 12-15.  An eligible participant is anyone 17 years or older willing to sign the WDI Participation Agreement.  Cost is $300 per individual, which includes the Assessments and all materials.  Additional information can be found on www.freeporthousing.org.

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