Workforce Development Institute
Operated by the Freeport Housing Authority
Next WDI Class starts January 14, 2014
WDI Application - Deadline January 3, 2014
FHA will combine current class offerings with classes focused on employability skills and additional specialized trainings to create the new Workforce Development Institute [WDI]. 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. All participants will take the Work Keys and Talent Assessments and establish goals for progress to be evaluated during the WDI program. Successful completers of the proposed 72-hour Workforce Development Institute will earn a Certificate of Workforce Readiness that will be recognized by local employers in addition to the Work Keys Certificate. WDI will be 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 will be $300 per individual, which includes the Assessments and all materials. Financial assistance will be available through FHA and business sponsorships.
Participant Eligibility: Anyone 17 years or older willing to sign the WDI Participation Agreement.
Target Audience: Unemployed seeking to gain employment and employer referred employees seeking to strengthen employee longevity through learning soft skills.
Timeframe: The Program will begin with a morning program meeting Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday from 8:30 am – 11:30 am. The Program will run for 8 weeks with the last week being an onsite work study program at FHA.
Location: Empowerment Center
Class Size: 12-15
Cost: $300/individual, which includes the Work Keys and Talent Assessments and all materials. HACF Residents may apply for financial assistance through FHA Scholarships; please ask Odessa Walker at 815-232-4171 ext 1012. For those employed, please consider asking your employer to sponsor you. For those unemployed, please check with community resources that fund educational opportunities.
Future Classes: Wait lists will be maintained for interested participants ,including those needing afternoon or evening classes.
Road to Success Program Curriculum:
Week 1 – Positive Attitude and Behavior
-Values and Personal Ethics in the Workplace
-Taking Direction and Accepting Criticism
Week 2- Adaptability
-Take WorkKeys Talent Assessment
–Recognizing strengths and work limitations
-Recognition of respect for diversity
-Ability to learn and adapt
Week 3 - Responsibility
-Working under pressure and deadlines
Week 4 - Professionalism
-Dos and Don’ts of Social Media
Week 5 - Problem-solving
-Problem solving skills
-Numeracy (use of data)
Week 6 - Communication
Week 7 - Teamwork
-Value diversity and differences
-Take WorkKeys Assessment
-Job Seeker and Interview Skills
-Connect with Mentor and Employers