LISC National
What We Do

Talent Development

We believe that talent exists in every neighborhood. We need to connect this talent to opportunity and equip talent to succeed.  LISC provides funding and technical assistance to four neighborhood-based Bridges to Career Opportunity (BCO) sites – Edna Martin Christian Center, John Boner Neighborhood Center, Mary Rigg Neighborhood Center, and Southeast Community Services. 

As a BCO site, each of these neighborhood-based organizations bundles the three foundational services of Centers for Working Families (CWF) – employment coaching, financial coaching, and income support services – but also offers industry-recognized credentialing and adult education services that, together, serve as a bridge from entry-level jobs to middle-skill jobs that require more than a high school diploma but less than a four-year degree. 

LISC’s and our BCO partners’ goal is to connect residents to jobs that pay at least $16 per hour. The four BCO sites currently offer training in health care, logistics, manufacturing, construction, and culinary arts, with average most recent wage at $16.59 per hour for 119 training participants who have been placed in jobs this year. 

    LISC believes that talent exists in every neighborhood: we need to connect this talent to opportunity and equip talent to succeed.

    The four neighborhood-based BCOs are also partnering with LISC in our work to build relationships and plan vertically-integrated career pathways programs with employers – currently, Cummins and Indiana University Health.

    • LISC and partners have been working collaboratively to build talent development programs and opportunities with these high-quality employers. LISC was engaged by Cummins to plan a pilot program to train diesel technicians in partnership with BCO partners, and we are moving toward an implementation phase that is likely to also include training for electrical/electronic systems technicians.
    • LISC led a collaborative effort to connect BCOs and IU Health to sketch the framework of a three-year initiative that would build health career pathways from neighborhoods to entry-level jobs to middle-skill jobs by placing IU Health career coaches at BCO sites to work directly with neighborhood clients and front-line staff at BCOs and to potentially develop a health care-focused BCO site.


    Tom Orr, Senior Program Officer