In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, we are sharing the story of Consuelo Poland, founder of the Latinas Welding Guild and director of RUCKUS, a flourishing makerspace in the North Mass Avenue industrial corridor of Indianapolis, where LISC has been supporting the growth of a new and inclusive entrepreneurial ecosystem. Poland is dedicated to connecting Indy’s residents, Latina and otherwise, to satisfying work in creative, hands-on and entrepreneurial jobs, and building a supportive community for small businesses and makers in the process.
Check out our top three reads of the week connected to community development work. This week, we're reading all about unemployment versus underemployment and how those issues impact housing and homelessness, financial stability and policy.
As students of all ages head back to school this season, Thomas Orr, a senior program officer in charge of workforce development programs for LISC Indianapolis, delves into the outdated ways we gauge the value of higher education. At a time when millions of people are in need of living-wage jobs, while millions of middle-skills jobs sit vacant, apprenticeships and other alternative pathways to satisfying careers make more sense than ever..
An in-depth article in the New York Times reports on LISC’s Bridges to Career Opportunities program and how it helps low-wage earners make the jump to satisfying, living-wage jobs in careers with room for growth. Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Tina Rosenberg visited a flourishing program in Newark and lauds our innovative, multi-service approach in her “Fixes” column. Read on!
In a Q & A with The Conference Board, LISC CEO Maurice A. Jones describes how our Bridges to Career Opportunities programs, embedded in Financial Opportunity Centers across the country, connect local talent with industries in need of skilled workers. LISC’s partnerships with employers in healthcare, manufacturing, information technology and transportation, among others, are the key to those connections, and are helping fuel training and education for thousands of people eager to get to work.