Friday, April 23, 2010


OPENING DOORS is the theme of the free Education & Job Training EXPO being held Saturday, April 24, 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM, at Christ The King College Prep High School, 5088 West Jackson Boulevard, sponsored by State Representative LaShawn K. Ford and THE VOICE Newspapers.
    The EXPO has valuable help for West Side residents of all ages, from 14 to 84 and even older. For teenagers and young people 14-24, there is the opportunity to sign up online for Mayor Daley’s Youth Ready Chicago Summer Jobs program and the State of Illinois Hire The Future program. Applicants should bring their school IDs and Social Security numbers.
    Young people 18-24 looking for career training can meet with admissions officers and students from the Paul Simon Job Corps Center, located at 33rd & Kedzie on the West Side. Men and women up to age 41 can explore career training opportunities offered by the U.S. Army.
    Malcolm X College admissions counselors and Continuing Education advisors will be present to discuss course offerings and GED programs on the main campus and the West Side Learning Center. They can also provide information on career training offered at the college free of charge through the Workforce Investment Act, for those who qualify. These include such programs as Basic Nursing Assistant, Home Health Aide, Medical Secretary, Mortuary Science, and a variety of medical technology specialties.
    The Illinois Student Assistance Commission will explain how to find the right college, university, or accredited career training program and how to obtain the money to attend. The Illinois Department of Employment Security will tell how to use your skills and training to launch the career you want.
    Rep. Ford will introduce his computerized Hot Jobs listings, provided free and e-mailed to anyone requesting them.
    Everyone seeking job training and employment preparation should attend this valuable free EXPO!

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