Omaha World-Herald: Omaha job-training program offers a foot in the door with prospective local employers

Omaha job-training program offers a foot in the door with prospective local employers 01

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Career Boot Camp has an 80 percent success rate in placing graduates in jobs, said Karen Edwards, director of employment and career services at the Urban League.
And these aren’t just any jobs, Edwards said. The program connects graduates with employers that pay a living wage and provide good benefits. First National Bank and the United Way of the Midlands are helping to underwrite the program. Nearly 20 companies are partnering in some way, typically with training.
While Career Boot Camp is open to everyone, the majority of the students have been black Omahans, whose unemployment rate is about triple the rest of the state.
“The problem we are trying to solve is poverty,” Edwards said. “It’s a lack of access to opportunities and resources.”

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