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Thomas Orr, a senior program officer in charge of workforce development programs for LISC Indianapolis, delves into the outdated ways we gauge the value of higher education.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.
One of the most powerful ways to spur economic opportunity is to bridge the skills gap facing millions of people across the country. That’s why Citi Foundation is making the single largest private investment in LISC’s “Bridges to Career Opportunities” program to equip unemployed and underemployed individuals with industry-specific skills for living wage jobs and careers. Two U.S. senators praise the effort to support workers, which dovetails with the Opportunity Zone legislation.
In honor of Mother’s Day, we are sharing the story of Paulette Arnold, a single parent of four who is turning her family’s financial life around—and building a rewarding career—after completing a LISC-supported Bridges to Opportunity program in San Diego.