Workforce Development Training Programs

All of ULEM’s workforce development programs are at no cost to participants. Brief descriptions are below, but for details, we encourage you to attend an information session. Information sessions are held every Tuesday and Wednesday at 1pm. No RSVP is required.

Fund Administrative Preparatory Program
In collaboration with State Street Corporation, the Fund Administrative Preparatory Program (FAPP) is a professional development and technology training program for people interested in preparing for hire as Fund Accountants and other financial positions at State Street Corporation.

This 2-part program operates for 7½ months and is open for enrollment twice a year. During the first 6 weeks, participants are trained in (1) financial literacy – our Citizens Bank Dollars and Sense training; (2) Microsoft Office Specialist training and certification in Excel; (3) National Career Readiness testing and certification; (4) Business communications; (5) resume and cover letter writing; and (6) Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. For the remaining 6 months, the top 10 participants advance into a paid internship with State Street Corporation.

Those who successfully complete the internship are eligible for full time positions at State Street Corporation. On average, ULEM has had an 80% conversion rate – that’s 8 out of 10 people are hired for full time positions at State Street Corporation. Throughout the program case management and job placement services are available. Those who are not placed receive job placement assistance from ULEM.

MSIMBO: ULEM Coding Bootcamp
Msimbo means “code” in Swahili. A twenty (20) week program for displaced, unemployed and underemployed workers interested becoming computer programmers. This programs seeks to address the IT industries’ issue of diversity and skilled workers. ULEM looks to enroll 18 students and provide a stipend for $75/ week.

The IT industry is in high demand for talented coding programmers. On average 2% of the IT workforce are people of color (see above graph.) In the past few years, there have been a number of efforts by the IT industry to create programs and bootcamps to train young women of color, women and college students.

MSIMBO seeks to address the displaced worker that cannot get training because of gender specific (i.e., Black Girls Code) training that being offered’ being financially unable to go or return to college and some of the coding bootcamps are cost prohibitive. The industry has to rely on H1B visa that allows for talented foreign workers to fill positions that cannot be filled by an American worker. The federal government issued 177,750 H-1B visas were issued, according to State Department data. There is a push by the federal government to provide grant dollars to train displaced workers to fill this skill gap and decrease the number of H-1B visas. This program seeks to train individuals to fill that gap. This program would be offered to for free when other programs are demanding $9000 or more for training.

In collaboration with Andrew Ott, Founder of CodeSquad will facilitate the 20 week coding bootcamp for ULEM. CodeSquad is a coding academy that trains talented, low-income individuals to become full-stack web developers and launch a new career. CodeSquad students are trained in web development, effective business communication, and leadership. He will conduct a 20 weeks of 120 hours coding technology training program and the professional development for ULEM’s MSIMBO program.

The targeted population must: · Be at least 18 years of age; · Have a high school diploma or GED; · Be committed to completing the program.

The enrollment process begins with an intake form. The next step post the information session is to return for the standardized program assessment. The purpose of this assessment is to determine if our program is appropriate for their needs. This computer-based assessment takes approximately one hour and participants are timed. The assessment has six components consisting of (1) a ULEM Criteria Basic Skills Test; (2) a Customer Service Aptitude Profile; (3) Workplace Productivity Profile; (4) an assessment of Computer Literacy and Internet Knowledge; (5) a typing test; and (6) an assessment of Microsoft Word and Excel proficiency. Assessments are conducted every Thursday at 1pm in one of our 3 computer labs.

Each assessment listed was carefully selected by the ULEM team for incorporation into the training program. Standard entrance levels were created to determine a candidate’s best fit for the training program.

MSIMBO: ULEM Coding Bootcamp will offer during the 20 weeks, participants are trained in (1) Coding languages; JavaScript, iOS/Swift, HTML, CSS, and SQL; Student will learn what it means to “program” and allows students to focus on solving problems using code, rather than getting bogged down in syntax. (see course outline below) (2) financial literacy – our Dollars and Sense training; (3) National Career Readiness testing and certification; (4) Business communications; (4) resume and cover letter writing; and (5) Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.

Those who successfully complete program will eligible for internships with various tech companies in the area. Throughout the program case management and job placement services are available. Those who are not placed receive job placement assistance from ULEM. We anticipate 12 people will complete each cycle. Our goal is to place 10 students from this inaugural class.

MSIMBO: ULEM Coding Bootcamp, Msimbo means “code” in Swahili. A twenty (20) week program for displaced, unemployed and underemployed workers interested becoming computer programmers. This programs seeks to address the IT industries’ issue of diversity and skilled workers. ULEM looks to enroll 18 students and provide a stipend for $75/ week.

The IT industry is in high demand for talented coding programmers. On average 2% of the IT workforce are people of color (see above graph.) In the past few years, there have been a number of efforts by the IT industry to create programs and bootcamps to train young women of color, women and college students.

MSIMBO seeks to address the displaced worker that cannot get training because of gender specific (i.e., Black Girls Code) training that being offered’ being financially unable to go or return to college and some of the coding bootcamps are cost prohibitive. The industry has to rely on H1B visa that allows for talented foreign workers to fill positions that cannot be filled by an American worker. The federal government issued 177,750 H-1B visas were issued, according to State Department data. There is a push by the federal government to provide grant dollars to train displaced workers to fill this skill gap and decrease the number of H-1B visas. This program seeks to train individuals to fill that gap. This program would be offered to for free when other programs are demanding $9000 or more for training.

In collaboration with Andrew Ott, Founder of CodeSquad will facilitate the 20 week coding bootcamp for ULEM. CodeSquad is a coding academy that trains talented, low-income individuals to become full-stack web developers and launch a new career. CodeSquad students are trained in web development, effective business communication, and leadership. He will conduct a 20 weeks of 120 hours coding technology training program and the professional development for ULEM’s MSIMBO program.

The targeted population must: · Be at least 18 years of age; · Have a high school diploma or GED; · Be committed to completing the program.

The enrollment process begins with an intake form. The next step post the information session is to return for the standardized program assessment. The purpose of this assessment is to determine if our program is appropriate for their needs. This computer-based assessment takes approximately one hour and participants are timed. The assessment has six components consisting of (1) a ULEM Criteria Basic Skills Test; (2) a Customer Service Aptitude Profile; (3) Workplace Productivity Profile; (4) an assessment of Computer Literacy and Internet Knowledge; (5) a typing test; and (6) an assessment of Microsoft Word and Excel proficiency. Assessments are conducted every Thursday at 1pm in one of our 3 computer labs.

Each assessment listed was carefully selected by the ULEM team for incorporation into the training program. Standard entrance levels were created to determine a candidate’s best fit for the training program.

MSIMBO: ULEM Coding Bootcamp will offer during the 20 weeks, participants are trained in (1) Coding languages; JavaScript, iOS/Swift, HTML, CSS, and SQL; Student will learn what it means to “program” and allows students to focus on solving problems using code, rather than getting bogged down in syntax. (see course outline below) (2) financial literacy – our Dollars and Sense training; (3) National Career Readiness testing and certification; (4) Business communications; (4) resume and cover letter writing; and (5) Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.

Those who successfully complete program will eligible for internships with various tech companies in the area. Throughout the program case management and job placement services are available. Those who are not placed receive job placement assistance from ULEM. We anticipate 12 people will complete each cycle. Our goal is to place 10 students from this inaugural class.

Volunteer 2 Work
Volunteer 2 Work (V2W) is a 12-week training program that prepares participants for work through meaningful service activities. It is designed to assist under- and unemployed individuals who have limited or no work experience to re-enter/enter the job market. It is also designed to teach the value of work through volunteering. The V2W program gives graduates the work experience they need to build their resumes and promote their skills effectively. The program also provides a weekly stipend to participants. V2W gives individuals a better understanding of how to prepare for today’s job market. The program helps participants to gain confidence, think positively, as well as teach how to research the job market.

During the first 4 weeks of the program, V2W training concentrates on the soft skills needed to succeed in today’s job market which include (1) interpersonal and business communications, (2) problem solving and critical thinking, (3) skill building, (4) active listening, (5) customer service, (6) resume and cover letter writing, (7) job searching and the application process, (8) interviewing, (9) work discipline, (10) reading for information, (11) applied mathematics and (12) financial literacy – our Citizens Bank Dollars and Sense training. The goal is to shape and prepare all of the participants to become job ready. V2W is open for enrollment several times a year.

Computer Literacy and Internet Knowledge program
Powered by the Timothy Smith Network, Computer Literacy and Internet Knowledge program (CLIK) is a computer literacy training program for individuals who lack basic computer skills critical for job search and employment success. During this 12-week course, CLIK teaches Computing Fundamentals, Key Applications, and Living Online. The Computing Fundamentals covers a foundational understanding of computer hardware, software, operating systems, peripherals, and troubleshooting to help you get the most value and impact from computer technology. The Key Applications covers popular word processing, spreadsheet and presentation applications and the common features of all applications to help you learn faster, work smarter, and present yourself better. The Living Online covers skills for working in an Internet or networked environment and maximizing your communication, education, collaboration and social interaction in a safe and ethical way. Participants are eligible to take the examination for the Internet and Computing Core Certification (IC³) by Certiport. CLIK is open for enrollment several times a year.

Mature Worker Skills Program
The Mature Worker Skills Program (MWSP) is an innovative, community-based workforce development program that combines soft and hard skills training; works in collaboration with an array of employers and community-based nonprofit agencies; and supports job placement with career coaching and retention support. MWSP’s focus is to nurture and promote the dignity and independence of older workers – ages 45+ – through various work assignments. MWSP accomplishes this by partnering with 100+ community-based organizations that serve as host training sites and with a variety of other community education, employment and advocacy organizations where participants gain successful work track records, coaching, and training support before entering the job market. The goals and objectives for MWSP include increasing: (1) employment skills and experiences, (2) job placement, and (3) job retention. Ultimately, ULEM wants to see every participant in permanent employment earning a livable wage.