Bethel New Life, TMA and World Business Chicago Present Solution to Skills Shortage

  • January 23, 2015
  • Nonprofit Partners with Economic, Manufacturing Leaders to Address Skills Gap and Poverty

    Chicago, IL, January 20, 2015: West Side Chicago nonprofit Bethel New Life is pleased to announce the first graduation class in 2015 of our Advanced Manufacturing Training (AMT) program. This celebration recognizes our recently announced partnership with World Business Chicago, and our ongoing alliance with The Technology Manufacturing Association (TMA). This strategic collaboration promises to strengthen the Chicagoland economy, address the national skills gap, and give Chicago’s West Side residents access to good paying jobs in advanced manufacturing.

    Bethel and TMA have a two-year relationship with proven success, providing opportunities for participants to earn highly-sought after, nationally recognized NIMS certifications. World Business Chicago through the Plan for Economic Growth and Jobs and its 1,000 Jobs for Chicagoland Manufacturing program has been a great asset to the team, working to ensure a healthy economic future for the Chicago region that provides opportunities for all Chicagoans, including its most impoverished communities. The commencement ceremony will be held at Bethel’s Amberg Hall, 1140 N. Lamon, Chicago on Friday, January 23rd at 10:30 AM. This AMT commencement will mark Bethel’s 5th AMT graduating class for a total of 59 graduates since the program started in 2013.

    “AMT graduates have demonstrated the motivation and skills to acquire these credentials, and to acclimate well in their new career and earn promotions. These graduates are the solution to the skills gap in manufacturing,” said Ed Coleman Vice President of Community Economic Development at Bethel New Life. “We can say with pride that when AMT graduates have taken NIMS credentials exams, they have passed 100% of the time. Our partnership with TMA and World Business Chicago is increasing our capacity to bring opportunities to our West Side community residents, while helping the manufacturing industry in the Chicago region become more competitive.”

     About World Business Chicago

    Chaired by Mayor Rahm Emanuel, World Business Chicago drives Chicago’s economic growth. WBC collaborates to create jobs, cultivate talent, and put Chicago at the forefront of the global economy. A unique public-private partnership, WBC engages the region’s leaders to advance Chicago’s Plan for Economic Growth and Jobs. Follow WBC on Twitter: @WorldBizChicago..

     About The Technology Manufacturing Association

    The Technology Manufacturing Association is a leading voice in an evolving manufacturing industry. TMA cultivates and strengthens its members by providing them programs and services in order to thrive as individuals, companies, and as a business community. TMA is the leading voice for manufacturing in a Chicago metropolitan region, and a major contributor to economic growth and opportunity.

     About Bethel New Life

    Bethel New Life is a 501c3 non-profit organization based on Chicago’s West Side. Bethel’s mission is “to realize God’s vision of a restored society by creating opportunities for individuals and families to invest in themselves, and by promoting policies and systems that help communities thrive”. You can read Bethel’s plan to alleviate entrenched poverty in its communities at westsideforward.org.