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.

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. 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.

MSIMBO bootcamp trains talented, low-income individuals to become full-stack web developers and launch a new career. Students are trained in web development, effective business communication, and leadership. We 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:

  • A ULEM Criteria Basic Skills Test
  • A Customer Service Aptitude Profile
  • Workplace Productivity Profile
  • An assessment of Computer Literacy and Internet Knowledge
  • A typing test
  • 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:

  • Web Development - Learning to make Web Applications (HTML, CSS, JavaScript, MEAN Stack)
  • Financial Literacy – Our Dollars & Sense Training
  • National Career Readiness testing and certification
  • Resume, Cover Letter & Linkedin Profile Building

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.

DiGiUL Program

The DiGiUL program is at full time Monday through Friday 10am – 4pm classroom setting program. That teaches you all the fundamentals of graphic design, branding, marketing – both from the print and interactive perspective. At the end of the 16 week program you will have the knowledge to land a job in the field working as a design professional, you will have a professional level portfolio – both print and online that will have been vetted by working professionals in the field and you will have had some working experience in said field. We have a stipend for our students while in the program and job/internship placement at the end for those who complete the program.

If you’d still like to participate in this very special program please come into the Urban League of Eastern MA offices to fill out an application. Class sizes is limited. Please bring a photo ID with you to fill out the application and give yourself 20-30 min for the interview process

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 Program

In partnership with the National Urban League, and funded in part by the United States Department of Labor, the Mature Worker Program (MWP) 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.  MWP’s focus is to nurture and promote the dignity and independence of older workers – ages 55+ – through various work assignments.  MWP 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 MWP include increasing:

  • Employment Skills and Experiences
  • Job Placement
  • Job Retention

Ultimately, ULEM wants to see every participant in permanent employment earning a livable wage.

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