Work$Ready

Our Response to COVID-19: Building for the Future

COVID-19 has touched nearly every aspect of people’s lives across our country and worldwide. Each day, the enormity of the job losses and impacts to our communities become clearer. The data leave no doubt: Our country’s economic recession is uneven and inequitable. That means working to open doors for young adults from low-income communities to meaningful careers—and creating more access to our economy—has never been more important.

We knew there was a role for us to help the people most impacted—who are frequently low-income and people of color. Leveraging our career training network and program tools, we have transformed our programs to support hybrid learning, and are building for the future to address the urgent need of helping jobseekers re-enter the workforce during and after this unprecedented time. We are expanding our capacity, and working to make it easier for people to secure jobs.

This spring, we acted quickly to launch Work$Ready®, a free, online job readiness training, to help job seekers build their confidence and develop the skills they need to obtain employment and succeed. Our free, three-week classes are facilitated by our long-standing partners and taught live by experienced workforce instructors online. The curriculum—pulled from our BankWork$® and CareerWork$ Medical® programs—includes key topics, such as professional presence, resume writing, and interview practice, as well as soft skills needed to land and keep a job.

We also transformed our programs by developing a virtual platform that allowed our markets around the country to return. Throughout this summer and fall, in most of our 16 programs, our BankWork$ and CareerWork$ Medical training partners have been able to continue offering courses through hybrid models, all in accordance with local public health guidelines. Our instructors continue to demonstrate their dedication by staying connected to students who have yet to secure a role, providing ongoing coaching and support.

Our Partners

We are proud to work with many of our CareerWork$ partners to offer Work$Ready in 11 markets across the country. Anyone interested in participating in a Work$Ready course should contact the partner working in their region for more information.

Our partners are posting progress on their LinkedIn accounts and websites. Check it out:

Association House of Chicago is currently offering Work$Ready courses
YWCA: Job Readiness Training During A Pandemic

Bay Area

Fremont Adult and Continuing Education

Michelle Branner
(510) 793-6465
mbranner@fremont.k12.ca.us

Chicago

Association House of Chicago

Sherri Richardson
(773) 772-7170 x 3501
bankworks@associationhouse.org

Dallas

Mountain View College

Elishima Myles
(972) 860-5671
elishimamyles@dccc.edu

Denver

Goodwill Industries of Denver, Inc

Candice Sporhase-White
(303) 386-2936
bankwork$@goodwilldenver.org

Milwaukee

Employ Milwaukee

Jovo Potkonjak
(414) 270-7529
jovo.potkonjak@employmilwaukee.org

Philadelphia

Philadelphia OIC

Shantelle Faison
(215) 236-7700 x 350
bankworks@philaoic.org

Phoenix

A New Leaf

Cheri Foschi
(602) 601-7218
bankworks@turnanewleaf.org

Pittsburgh

Partner4Work

Anna Marie Mumich
(412) 482-3361
bankworks@eicpittsburgh.org

Portland

SE Works, Inc

Sue Davis
(503) 772-2342
sdavis@seworks.org

Seattle

YWCA Seattle | King | Snohomish

Mercedes Rippel
(253) 736-2301
bankworks@ywcaworks.org

Tacoma

Career Path Services

Shelley McHugh
253-328-4780
smchugh@careerpathservices.org

Questions?

If you’re interested in participating in a Work$Ready course, contact the regional partner closest to you. If you’d like to learn more about the program in general, please contact info@careerworkstraining.org.