Graduation means jobs for Career Boot Camp participants

OMAHA, NE – Participants from the first-ever Urban League of Nebraska Career Boot Camp will walk away with more than an education.  Graduates will walk away with a job.  A graduation ceremony will be held at 1 p.m. today at the Family Resource Center, 3040 Lake Street.

Participants endured three intense weeks of job seeking, job retention, life management and industry-specific skills training necessary to work in the high-demand fields of customer service.  Participants leave the program with a resume, interview skills, professional attire and, for some, a position at one of the corporate partners who helped developed the program.

“There are two goals for the Career Boot Camp,” said Deidra Andrews, program director of ULN Employment and Career Services, “We help job seekers gain the skills they need to find fulfilling, full-time employment, and we provide talent to Omaha area businesses.”

The Career Boot Camp curriculum was developed with corporate partners who also taught workshops, ensuring graduates are prepared to make a real and immediate impact in the workplace.  Corporate partners include First Data and UPS, and partners like Cox Communications are setting aside jobs for program graduates.

Most of the participants were in their mid-forties, which surprised Career Boot Camp Instructor Karen Edwards.  She anticipated common barriers to employment like housing and transportation, which is why participants received a $50 stipend each week.

“Some participants had been down-sized and had little to no savings to survive the loss of a job,” said Edwards.  “These individuals are now ready to work.”

The Career Boot Camp is funded by a grant from First National Bank.

If you have any questions about the Career Boot Camp, please contact Deidra Andrews, Director of Employment and Career Services, 402-453-9730 or

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