Advanced Manufacturing Training
West Side Forward – Chicago, Illinois
- Grant Program: GrantsPlus
- Amount of Grant: $40,000
- Dates of Grant Term: July 2017 – July 2019
West Side Forward plans to expand its Advanced Manufacturing Training (AMT) program, a comprehensive job training program that helps low-income individuals on the West Side of Chicago who are unemployed, underemployed, or formerly incarcerated, to improve their ability to compete for living-wage jobs and careers. The AMT program prepares these individuals for skilled jobs through a combination of employment readiness training, academic skills enhancement, life skills and behavioral change coaching, financial literacy training, and high-demand computerized numerical control operator training, and then connects them to jobs through industry and business association partnerships. Once they are in a job, individuals continue to receive career and financial management support, including financial literacy, home-buyer and foreclosure prevention workshops, and coaching.