LAFAYETTE, Ind. − The Food Finders Food Bank is offering a smorgasbord of courses to assist individuals wanting to enter the workforce.
A collaboration between Ivy Tech Community College-Lafayette and Food Finders Food Bank created the Job Readiness Certification program, which will begin Oct. 10.
What is the Job Readiness Certification program?
According to the course's description in a release, "The free, four-week class is led by Ivy Tech career coaches and provides one-on-one assistance to participants on (varying) topics."
These topics include resume and cover letter drafting, navigating employment websites, interviewing skills, appropriate work attire practice mock interviews and more.
"Ivy Tech Community College-Lafayette is excited to partner with Food Finders on the Job Readiness program that prepares job-seekers to enter the workforce with foundational skills and supports ongoing efforts towards a hunger-free community," Brooklyn Burton, executive director of Ivy+ Career Link, said in a release. "Program participants will meet with Ivy Tech Career Coaches to develop relationships and determine the right steps for their career path that match their values, interests, and skills.
"We continue to see the success of these participants through the job and resource fair we have at graduation. During this time, they network with employers, educators and community agencies to demonstrate what theyhave learned and take that next step in their career and educational path."
Food Finders' involvement
Katy Bunder, Food Finders' president and CEO, explained why the food bank has taken an interest and become an active participant in workforce development.
“The causes of food insecurity are complex, but chief among them are unemployment and low-wage jobs.” Bunder said. “Food Finders is committed to finding long-term solutions to hunger by helping individuals obtain training and employment. We are grateful for this collaboration with Ivy Tech.”
How can I join the program?
The next series as part of the Job Readiness Certification program begins at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Oct. 10, at Food Finders Fresh Market. Graduation will take place on Oct. 31. Classes run Mondays from 10:30 a.m. to noon throughout October.
To learn more or register for the program, call 765-471-0062 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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