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.
LISC Newark recently opened two new Financial Opportunity Centers to help low-income residents get the skills and savvy they need to stabilize their household budgets. In a city where nearly 40 percent of households earn less than $25,000, the FOCs will offer specialized training for jobs in local industries, as well as financial coaching, credit-building tools and access to income supports to supplement wages—all crucial facets of building economic health.
Getting hired is one thing; developing skills to advance in a living-wage job, and managing a budget so earnings go further, are quite another. In a new book, What It’s Worth: Strengthening the Financial Future of Families, Communities and the Nation, LISC President & CEO Michael Rubinger describes how learning to build earnings, assets and credit can change the outlook for low-income Americans.
Many of the millions of Americans who are still out of work also lack the basic reading, writing and math skills needed to find a job. To bridge that gap, LISC is bringing new training programs to its Financial Opportunity Centers (FOC) across the country. A story from Issue Media Group explains how Tawnee McCluskey of Chicago got help to become a welding supervisor so she can now support her family.