Ida McCarty sold her food-production company in 2019, and hadn’t worked in IT for 16 years, but recently was proud to report, “Because of my…IT knowledge and experience in the food industry, I was hired by Mason Dixon Foods [as the] Director of Product Management, responsible for…IT integration and software design, operations, and production. In 8 months, I went from being laid off due to COVID, to securing fulltime employment in upper management.”
For the Partnership, KRA operates the Westside American Job Center (WAJC), as well as the Chatham Workforce and Education Center (CWEC), providing a wide range of WIOA-funded services and programs for un- and under-employed Adult, Dislocated, and Youth jobseekers.
For Chi Codes, “aimed specifically at Chicago’s African American and Latinx communities”, KRA provided oversight for program funding, assisted in job searches, provided labor-market information on employment opportunities, and offered subsidized OJT opportunities to potential employers as incentives for hiring entry-level coding professionals.
Within 5 months of program completion, 70% of the graduates found fulltime employment in customer service, data analysis, helpdesk, programming, and upper management positions.
Ms. McCarty concluded, [Chi Codes] “is the most challenging training that you will ever endure, but at the end you will have gained exponentially.”