Decatur, Illinois (WAND) – Governor Pritzker announced $13 million in grants to 30 organizations statewide. This expands the pre-apprenticeship program at home.Representative Director and President sister girls and friendsMelverta Wilkins looks forward to making a difference with this program.
“This is important to me. It’s very important to me. You can see what we’re doing and the results,” Wilkins said.
Sista Girls and Friends has been serving the Decatur community for over 10 years. We offer several programs, events and mentoring opportunities. The organization is now expanding its services to Springfield.
“We can help them develop these skills and be successful in their work programs and work careers. We believe that it will bring
Pre-apprenticeship programs provide people with a step towards the door through practical training and learning skills. In this ten-week curriculum of his, participants can choose from several trades to gain experience.
“We have a variety of positions: electrical, plumbing, carpentry, plumber, foreman, worker, etc. Choose one of these positions. Once you apply, we will assist you with the application process. explains Curriculum and Training Director Jonathan Bowie.
After completing the program, participants receive three certifications: NCCER, Osha 10, and CPR certification. Graduates are then placed in pre-apprenticeship programs within trade unions. Sista Girls and Friends continues to check in on attendees years later.
“After you move there, we will monitor you for three years to make sure everything is going well. We will check you in. How is everything? Are you working? ?Need help?
The organization continues the program for a second year.
“We’ve been out in the community. We’ve been to different places like Oasis, probation. We’ve put out a lot of flyers to different organizations,” said program coordinator Tasha Young. .
To sign up for the Sista Girls and Friends pre-apprenticeship program or find out more, access hereOther programs and events are website When facebook page.
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