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In addition to the core services of career planning, financial education and public benefits support, LISC engages in a targeted strategy to support those clients who are having difficulty even accessing the career ladder due to lack of basic skills and professional knowledge.
There’s a catch-22 to unemployment in many low-income communities: basic skills gaps often prevent unemployed or underemployed residents from accessing training and credentialing programs that can lead to living-wage jobs. Employers often can’t identify candidates with the right blend of technical know-how and “soft” skills needed for success in the workplace.
Bridges to Career Opportunities, builds upon the successful FOC model by helping clients to develop those needed skills in order to access good jobs with good wages. Through this initiative, FOC clients receive coaching while also ramping up their educational skills, accessing technical training and pursuing certifications in a chosen industry. The goal of the program is to connect people to jobs that have growth along a career pathway, while also building a strong workforce for employers. Employers from key growth-industries provide insight about needed skills, criteria for success as well as hiring opportunities for those clients who successfully complete training.
To learn more about LISC’s national network of over 80 FOC’s across the country, visit our national page: Financial Stability
Learn about our successes implementing Bridges to Career Opportunities at our Financial Opportunity Centers in Houston in this white paper.