Program Benefits

PODER empowers students to:

Qualify for greater job opportunities.

Become US Citizens.

Pursue high school equivalency (GED) and higher education diplomas.

Navigate everyday conversations and transactions including communicating on behalf of their children and families.

Achieve personal goals and increase self-confidence.

Fully experience the communities and activities that make Chicago a world-class city.

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Workforce Development Programs

Our Workforce Development program provides career pathways for unemployed or underemployed individuals seeking career opportunities that offer family-sustaining wages and advancement opportunities. Currently, we offer a 6-week Customer Service training, 2-week Bilingual Insurance Licensing training, and an 8-week Latinos in Finance training. Each training empowers students to:

  • Learn technical and soft skills needed for customer service, financial service sector, or insurance sector jobs
  • Gain competitive workplace technology skills
  • Explore career pathways and set short and long-term career goals
  • Build a resume, practice interview skills, and network with employer partners
  • Secure employment with one of PODER’s employer partners

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