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CHICAGO Regional Opportunities

See below for a vetted list of recommended alternate or progressive post-secondary education pathways in the Chicago region. Be sure to scroll down to see more detailed information for the twenty options listed below, including cost and how to apply. 

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Category

Institution

Opportunity

Link

1

Certificate

Bethel New Life

Advanced Manufacturing Training

http://bethelnewlife.org/our-investments/community-economic-development/advanced-manufacturing-program/

2

Certificate

City College of Chicago

Automotive Technology

http://www.ccc.edu/colleges/truman/departments/Pages/Automotive-Technology.aspx

3

Certificate

                                                                                  City College of Chicago

Commercial Truck/Tractor Driving

http://www.ccc.edu/colleges/olive-harvey/programs/Pages/Automotive-Technology-Basic-Certificate.aspx

4

Certificate

Chicago Women in Trades

Construction/Welding

https://cwit.org/

5

Certificate

Inspiration Kitchens

Culinary Positions

https://inspirationkitchens.org/job-training/

6

Certificate

Youth Job Network, Inc.

Various Trades

https://youthjobcenter.org/programs#out-of-school-programs

7

Certificate

City College of Chicago

Electrician-Helper/System Installer

http://www.ccc.edu/colleges/daley/programs/Pages/Communications-Technology-Basic-Certificate.aspx

8

Certification

City College of Chicago

Heating/Ventilation/Air Conditioning/Refrigeration Technician

http://www.ccc.edu/colleges/kennedy/programs/Pages/Air-Conditioning-and-Refrigeration-Advanced-Certificate.aspx

9

Certification

City College of Chicago

Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)

http://www.ccc.edu/colleges/malcolm-x/programs/Pages/Basic-Nursing-Assistant-Basic-Certificate.aspx

10

Certification

Erie Neighborhood House/Casa de Erie

Healthcare/ Manufacturing/ Supply Chain Logistics/ Technology

https://www.eriehouse.org/see-what-we-do/programs/adults/workforce-development

11

Certification

i.c.stars

Technology Careers

https://icstars.org/

12

Certification

North Lawndale Employment Network (NLEN)

Trained Diesel Mechanic

http://www.nlen.org/programs/skills-training/

13

Certification

Phalanx Family Services

Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)

http://www.phalanxgrpservices.org/bna.htm

14

Gap Year

Year Up – Chicago

Future Business/ Technology Professional

https://www.yearup.org/

15

Gap Year

Illinois Safe Families AmeriCorps

Corps Member

https://www.redcross.org/local/illinois/chicago-and-northern-illinois/volunteer/americorps.html

16

Gap Year

Literacy Volunteers of Illinois

Corps Member

http://www.lvillinois.org/vocal_americorps.aspx

17

Gap Year

Project Yes!

Corps Member

https://americorpsprojectyes.org/about-us/#the-program

18

Work

Growing Home

Produce Production Assistant

http://growinghomeinc.org/our-model/

19

Work

Citi

Bank Teller

https://jobs.citi.com/

20

Work

Discover Financial Services

Customer Service Representative

https://jobs.discover.com/






The Opportunity

Certificate Program

Bethel New Life

Advanced Manufacturing Training

3 days a wk; 4 hrs. a session; 20 wks. 

$0 tuition

http://bethelnewlife.org/our-investments/community-economic-development/advanced-manufacturing-program/


About This Opportunity

Bethel New Life Advanced Manufacturing Training (AMT) is a free program to help you get training in high-demand careers in the advanced manufacturing industry. The Program meets 3 days a week for four hours per session over approximately 20 weeks.


Careers in manufacturing include blueprint reading, how to operate computer numerically controlled (CNC) machines and manufacturing of small parts. In this Program, you will earn three Level 1 CNC certifications in mill and lathe programming setup and operations, measurement and materials and safety certification. Bethel New Life is a community investment organization on Chicago’s West Side. 


Why We Recommend This Opportunity

·Demand for employees trained in advanced manufacturing, like CNC machinists, is expected to grow by 14% by 2026, as compared to 11% for all careers.

·Advanced manufacturing includes transferable skills, like mastery of 3-D printing, that prepare professionals to work across jobs and industries.

·AMT also includes personal financial literacy coaching and general technology training to ensure that you as a graduate are prepared to pursue jobs and maximize employment.

·AMT offers 24-hour access to a virtual learning HUB for ongoing training on a variety of topics, such as social-media job search and networking strategies, making job transitions, etc.

·Upon program completion, you would also receive one-on-one job placement support through a network Bethel New Life’s manufacturing industry employer partners


How To Apply

To enroll in the next cohort or learn more about the Advanced Manufacturing Training program, the first step is to attend an information session.


3 Ways to Get Started Now:

  1. Attend an upcoming information session:  Call 773-473-7878 for schedule and to register.
  2. Begin the application process: Click hereto start the application.
  3. Email [email protected]to schedule an appointment to learn more our program.

Cost: No financial cost, but an investment of time and hard work


For More Information

Email:[email protected]

Call:773-473-7878



The Opportunity

Certificate Program

City College of Chicago (CCC)

Automotive Technology

5 courses, 2 semesters

~$3000

http://www.ccc.edu/colleges/truman/departments/Pages/Automotive-Technology.aspx


About this Opportunity

The Automotive Technology Program is available at the Truman and Olive-Harvey campuses. The Program develops highly skilled, responsible, environmentally-aware automotive-field professionals and links them to the national and global automotive industry and markets. The Program entails 5 semester-long courses that you can complete in two semesters (fall/spring/summer).


The Basic Certificate in automotive technology prepares graduates for entry-level careers in the automotive industry as an automotive service technician and mechanic. Automotive service technicians and mechanics repair automobiles, trucks, buses and other vehicles. Service technicians and mechanics typically:

·Test drive vehicles, and test components and systems

·Follow checklists to ensure all important parts are examined, including belts, hoses, steering systems, spark plugs, brake and fuel systems, wheel bearings, etc.

·Confer with customers to obtain descriptions of vehicle problems and discuss work to be performed and future repair requirements

·Perform routine scheduled maintenance services such as oil changes, lubrications, and tune-ups

·Review work orders and discuss work with supervisors


About 1/3 of auto mechanics are employed at automotive dealerships, while another 1/3 typically work in automotive repair and maintenance shops and others own their own businesses or have specialized placement opportunities.


Why We Recommend This Opportunity

There is entrepreneurial potential to run your own business, either as an in-demand mobile mechanic or owning an automotive shop and employing others.

·There is opportunity for advanced training, leading to increased salary and demand in the industry: after this program, graduates can pursue an advanced certificate, an Associate’s or several specialized industry credentials in areas like electronics or vehicle bodywork.

·Mechanics and technicians learn highly useful and transferable skills for daily life, ranging from basic car maintenance to helping extend the life of cars for friends and family.

·The career is highly mobile – across the country and around the world, the skills and experience of mechanics and technicians are relevant and necessary.


How To Apply

To enter this program:

1)Begin by applying to City College of Chicago: http://pages.ccc.edu/apply/. There are no application fees!

2)Complete placement test: you can avoid general education courses by scoring at levels equivalent to English 101 and Math 98.

3)Register for up to 3 classes a semester. There are no registration fees!


Cost: About $3000

The Program accepts financial aid! Bring your Student Aid Report (SAR) from your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to the financial aid office at the campus where you would like to attend to discuss an award package.


Timeline

Registration for summer and fall semesters opens April 3rdand closes August 23rd.


For More Information

Truman Campus

1200 W. Sunnyside St.

Room 101

Chicago, IL 60640

773-907-3995

http://www.ccc.edu/colleges/truman/programs/Pages/Automotive-Technology-Basic-Certificate.aspx


Olive-Harvey Campus

10001 South Woodlawn Ave

Chicago, IL 60628

(773) 291-6100

http://www.ccc.edu/colleges/olive-harvey/programs/Pages/Automotive-Technology-Basic-Certificate.aspx


The Opportunity

Certificate Program

City College of Chicago (CCC)

Commercial Truck/ Tractor Driving

3 courses, 1 semester

~$1800

http://www.ccc.edu/colleges/olive-harvey/programs/Pages/Automotive-Technology-Basic-Certificate.aspx


About this Opportunity

The Commercial Driver Training certificate program trains students for entry-level employment as commercial motor vehicle operators. In partnership with the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), this program prepares students to obtain a Commercial Driver’s License in the State of Illinois.        The Program entails 3 semester-long courses that you can complete in just one semester (fall/spring/summer).


Heavy truck and tractor-trailer drivers typically:

·Drive trucks with capacities greater than 3 tons, including tractor-trailer combinations, to transport and deliver products, livestock, or other materials.

·Regularly check vehicles to ensure that all mechanical, safety and emergency equipment is in good working order.

·Follow appropriate safety procedures for transporting dangerous goods.

·Maintain logs of working hours or of vehicle service or repair status, following applicable state and federal regulations. 

·Maintain records, such as vehicle logs, records of cargo, and billing statements, in accordance with regulations.


The majority of commercial drivers work for trucking or farming companies, although a portion of drivers work for themselves for independent hire or work as a team to make faster deliveries on long hauls. 


Why We Recommend This Opportunity

·The field of truck driving is very stable. There is a shortage of trained drivers with Commercial Driver’s Licenses, especially with safe driving records. 

·There is entrepreneurial potential to run your own business, either as an independent contractor or owning a company that employs other drivers.

·Truck driving offers a flexible schedule. Many times, truck drivers can also decide what type of hauls they would like to drive, like local runs, long-distance runs or cross-region runs.

·Trucking companies may offer bonuses for certain loads carried, distance traveled, great safety records or length of time with the company. Most trucking companies also offer medical, dental, life insurance, vision and retirement plans.

·Truck drivers have a high degree of freedom to execute their runs. Drivers who reliably deliver their cargo on time rarely have oversight on their day-to-day movements and are empowered to make their own decisions. 


How To Apply

To enter this program:

1)Begin by applying to City College of Chicago: http://pages.ccc.edu/apply/. There are no application fees!

2)Register for up to all 3 courses in a semester. There are no registration fees!


Cost: About $1800

The Program accepts financial aid! Bring your Student Aid Report (SAR) from your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to the financial aid office at the campus where you would like to attend to discuss an award package.


Timeline

Registration for summer and fall semesters opens April 3rdand closes August 23rd.

For More Information

Olive-Harvey Campus

10001 South Woodlawn Ave

Chicago, IL 60628

(773) 291-6100


The Opportunity

Certificate Program

Chicago Women in Trades (CWiT)

Construction, Welding

Varies

Varies

https://cwit.org/


About This Opportunity

Chicago Women in Trades (CWiT) provides women the opportunity to learn about, prepare for, enter, and advance in construction and other high wage, non-traditional careers. CWIT features two programs: construction and welding training. The construction program helps you learn about the industry, practice your hands-on skills and compete for apprenticeship program openings. The welding program prepares women with the skills to build a career in manufacturing and metal-working.


Graduates are listed and supported to find apprenticeships and jobs through their large database of union tradeswomen and CWiT actively works with employers to match graduates to placements.


Program

Overview

Program Length/Timing

Preparation/Certification(s)

Earned

Construction

Build skills to work various aspects of construction: Math; Test preparation; Physical conditioning; Basic construction; Job readiness


-12 weeks, 180 hours

-Two evenings per week (6–9:30 p.m.)

-Saturdays (8 a.m.–3 p.m.)



-Prep for apprenticeships to become electricians, carpenters, bricklayers, plumbers, pipefitters, sheet metal workers, painters, drywall finishers and more

Welding 

Learn metalworking and manufacturing: Basic metal-working and blueprint-reading; Welding (MIG, Stick and TIG)

-13 weeks, 520 hours

-Mon-Fri, morning and evening timeslots available


-MIG welding American Welding Society certification

-OSHA 10 Safety in Construction certification



Why We Recommend This Opportunity

·Focused opportunity for young women: CWiT specifically works to increase female participation in high-skill, blue-collar occupations.

·Construction and manufacturing are stable fields: seven of the top 10 industries with the highest sales growth rates are related to construction.

·Construction worker salaries are expected to steadily rise in future years: average worker salaries increased 3.4% in 2018, on top of a 3.6% increase in 2017 (Contractor Compensation Quarterly).

·Construction skills are transferable as the industry goes high-tech: workers now work with mobile construction software and document management systems and disruptive technology like drones.

·Construction/welding work has tangible results: you work with your body and hands and your efforts create real buildings, products and structures. 


How To Apply

Register for an information session: https://cwit.org/trade-programs/register-information-session

Sessions take place at:

10:30 a.m. the first and third Wednesdays of each month

5:30 p.m. the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month


Or attend the upcoming FREE Construction Training & Career Expo on Wednesday, April 24th, 2019. Register here: https://cwit.org/trade-programs/register-we-can-build-it-free-informational-session.


Cost: No financial cost, but an investment of time and hard work


For More Information

Contact Linda Hannah, Technical Opportunities Program Director

Chicago Women in the Trades

2444 W. 16th Street, Suite 3E, Chicago IL

312-942-1444

[email protected]


The Opportunity

Certificate Program

Inspiration Kitchens

Culinary Positions

6hrs./ day, 12 wks.

$0 tuition

https://inspirationkitchens.org/job-training/


About this Opportunity

Inspiration Kitchens helps individuals over the age of 18 who are interested in learning to cook professionally get the skills and experience they need to build a career in the culinary industry. This 12-week training program is free and you can earn professional certificates and receive job placement assistance. Program graduates who pass their exams will receive the Illinois Food Handlers Certificate and the City of Chicago and State of Illinois Food Service Sanitation Managers Certificate.


Participants gain hands-on experience by training in an actual restaurant, making soups, salads, sandwiches, brunch items, entrees and desserts. Students learn a variety of techniques for cooking meats, vegetables, grains and pasta and learn professional sanitation practices. The program also includes pre-employment skills training, addressing teamwork, communication, interviewing, and resume writing.


Why We Recommend This Opportunity

·Job placement locations are plentiful: Graduates find jobs in restaurants, cafeterias, catering businesses, deli counters and more.

·Demand for skilled, trained culinary workers is high: The state of Illinois expects to see 5,000 job openings for cooks and food preparation workers a year.

·Culinary workers learn highly useful and transferable industry skills for daily life, ranging from food safety to knife skills and various cooking techniques. 

·Culinary workers work in a kitchen team and employ critical skills around communication and collaboration that are helpful in all walks of like.

·Inspiration Kitchens operates two cafes and catering company and hires program graduates in paid positions in their own restaurants and businesses.


How To Apply

Attend an orientation, held weekly, Tuesdays at 1pm, at Inspiration Kitchens.

Inspiration Kitchens

3504 W. Lake St.

Chicago, IL 60624


Cost: $0 tuition but valuable investment of time and hard work


For More Information

Phone:(773) 801-1110

Email:[email protected]


The Opportunity

Certificate Programs

Youth Job Center, Inc.

Various Trades

Varies

$0 tuition

https://youthjobcenter.org/programs#out-of-school-programs


About this Opportunity

The Youth Job Center (YJC)’s Career Pathways Program offers 10-12 participants per cohort a multi-week training course that leads to certification. The goal of the Program is permanent employment in a career track job with advancement opportunities. Training includes development of “soft” and “hard” skills, including skills-specific training in each particular area. The Program also includes internships paid by YJC, during which youth both work and participate in the training program to build skills while learning.


Why We Recommend This Opportunity

·YJC focuses on a variety of in-demand industries ranging from culinary to manufacturing.

·Small cohorts of 10-12 students ensure individualized training and support.

·Internships are paid, enabling you to learn and earn money while in the program.

·YJC partners with companies like Gap and the Recyclry for real-world training and placement.

·YJC holds a particular focus on helping youth 18-25 to build new careers, so their services are tailored to supporting young people just like you.


How To Apply

Participation in YJC’s Career Pathways programs is launched by completion of their three-day basic workforce readiness 


Cost: $0 in money, but big investment of time and talent


For More Information

Phone: 847-864-5627

Email: [email protected]

course. Register for the course here: https://theyouthjobcenter.formstack.com/forms/osy_january_jrt


The Opportunity

Certificate Program

City College of Chicago (CCC)

Communications Technology

5 courses, 2 semesters

~$4000

http://www.ccc.edu/colleges/daley/programs/Pages/Communications-Technology-Basic-Certificate.aspx


About this Opportunity

The Communications Technology Program prepares students to become an apprentice under a union electrical contractor to pursue a career as a Helper-Electricianor Security and Fire Alarm System Installer. Communications Apprentices install and maintain structured wiring and electronic systems in residential, commercial and industrial settings.


Helper-electricians typically:

·Measure, cut, and bend wire and conduit, using measuring instruments and hand tools.

·Trace out short circuits in wiring, using test meter.

·Examine electrical units for loose connections and broken insulation and tighten connections

·Maintain tools, vehicles, and equipment and keep parts and supplies in order.


Security and fire alarm installers typically:

·Examine systems to locate problems, such as loose connections or broken insulation.

·Install, maintain, or repair security systems, alarm devices, or related equipment, following blueprints of electrical layouts and building plans.

·Test and repair circuits and sensors, following wiring and system specifications.

·Demonstrate systems for customers and explain details.


Why We Recommend This Opportunity

·Electricians and system installers work with technology, bringing job stability. As building security and sustainability become more computerized, technicians will be more in demand.

·Electricians and installers do practical, hands-on work where they can see their labor benefit others.

·These careers are perfect for people who love to work outdoors, as installation usually involves inside and outside service.

·In these fields, you will learn numerous skills that have multiple applications and can lead to future industry-related careers.

·Electrician helpers have the benefit of learning work skills directly under a master electrician, providing a mentor to help them enter the field.

How To Apply To enter this program:

1)Begin by applying to City College of Chicago: http://pages.ccc.edu/apply/. There are no application fees!

2)Register for up to 3 courses per semester; the program can be completed in two straight semesters. There are no registration fees!


Cost: About $4000

The Program accepts financial aid! Bring your Student Aid Report (SAR) from your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to the financial aid office at the campus where you would like to attend to discuss an award package.


Timeline

Registration for summer and fall semesters opens April 3rdand closes August 23rd.


For More Information

John Daley Campus

7500 S Pulaski Rd.

Chicago, IL 60652 

(773) 838-7500


The Opportunity

Certificate Program

City College of Chicago

Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)

1 semester

~$1800

http://www.ccc.edu/colleges/malcolm-x/programs/Pages/Basic-Nursing-Assistant-Basic-Certificate.aspx


About This Opportunity

Malcolm X College's certificate program for Basic Nursing Assistants (BNA) prepares students to work in the health care industry as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA). Students are introduced to the discipline of nursing and the basic approaches to patient care. The Program features practice in the classroom and in a laboratory, as well as in a clinical setting like a hospital or clinic. Upon successful completion of the Program, you will sit for the state competency exam to become certified as a Nursing Assistant in the state of Illinois.    


What does a nursing assistant do? Most nursing assistants work in nursing homes and long-term care facilities where they help patients with their basic needs. This might include taking a patient’s vital signs, helping with personal hygiene, assisting the patient with eating a meal, or helping a patient go for a short walk.


Why We Recommend This Opportunity

·Once you get trained as a nursing assistant and pass your state’s licensing exam, you can practice anywhere in your state. 

·You will be equipped with skills in direct patient care, basic first aid, and basic lifesaving. 

·Nurses are everyday heroes. They are the ones who are there for their patients at their time of need. If you enter the field of nursing, you will have a career that will make you proud.

·This career path can be a great way to see if you enjoy the field of nursing. You can get additional training to become a practical nurse, registered nurse, or more.

·The job outlook is positive: The Occupational Outlook Handbook, published by the U.S. Department of Labor, predicts, “Employment of nursing assistants is projected to grow 18 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations.” 


How To Apply

To enter this program:

1)Begin by applying to City College of Chicago: http://pages.ccc.edu/apply/. There are no application fees!

2)Complete placement test: you can avoid general education courses by scoring at levels equivalent to English 101 and Math 98.

3)Register for the BNA Fundamentals/Clinical course. There are no registration fees!


Cost: About $1800

The Program accepts financial aid! Bring your Student Aid Report (SAR) from your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to the financial aid office to discuss an award package.


Timeline

Registration for summer and fall semesters opens April 3rdand closes August 23rd.


For More Information

Contact Lorraine Cross, Basic Nursing Assistant Program Support Specialist

Email:[email protected]

Call:312-850-7195


The Opportunity

Certification Program

City College of Chicago

Heating/ Ventilation/ 

Air Conditioning/ Refrigeration (HVACR) Technician

13 courses, 

3 semesters

$7200

http://www.ccc.edu/colleges/kennedy/programs/Pages/Air-Conditioning-and-Refrigeration-Advanced-Certificate.aspx


About this Opportunity

This is an Advanced Certificate Program to prepare as a Heating/Ventilation/Air Conditioning/ Refrigeration (HVACR) Technician. Heating/Ventilation/Air Conditioning/Refrigeration (HVACR) Technicians have one of the most in-demand jobs in the current job market and the job opportunities are expected to continue growing over the next ten years. HVAC Technicians install, inspect, repair and maintain heating, air-conditioning, and refrigeration systems for residential and commercial settings. 


HVACR technicians typically:

·Discuss heating or cooling system malfunctions with users to isolate problems or to verify that repairs corrected malfunctions.

·Repair or service heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems to improve efficiency, such as by changing filters, cleaning ducts, or refilling non-toxic refrigerants.

·Test electrical currents, as well as pipe or tubing joints or connections.


Why We Recommend This Opportunity

·HVACR is an in-demand skillset: the Bureau of Labor Statistics project a 20% growth in jobs in this field, compared to 11% general growth. 

·HVACR jobs cannot be done remotely or by others in other countries: technicians will always be needed locally and regionally. 

·You would have one of the most active jobs in the country.HVACR technicians’ work can take you indoors and outdoors on a daily basis, as well as to a variety of different job sites.

·The field is ever-evolving. As the world becomes more energy-efficient, HVACR technicians are needed to retrofit and upgrade existing systems and install more modern, environmentally sound equipment.

·With additional training, as an HVACR technician, you would have the opportunity to move into general operations roles or to run your own business in the future.


How To Apply

To enter this program:

1)Apply to City College of Chicago: http://pages.ccc.edu/apply/. There are no application fees!

2)Register for up to 3 classes per semester, across fall, spring and summer semesters, until all courses are complete. There are no registration fees!


Cost: $7200

The Program accepts financial aid! Bring your Student Aid Report (SAR) from your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to the financial aid office at the campus where you would like to attend to discuss an award package.


For More Information

In Person: 

747 W. 63rd Street

V Building, Suite V-115

Chicago, IL 60621

Phone:773-602-5374



The Opportunity

Certification Program

Erie Neighborhood House/Casa de Erie

Healthcare/ Manufacturing/ Supply Chain Logistics/ Technology

Varies as below

$35-$200/ course depending on the program

https://www.eriehouse.org/see-what-we-do/programs/adults/workforce-development


About this Opportunity

Erie Neighborhood House offers four Pathways To Success (PTS) bridge programs—Healthcare, Manufacturing, Supply Chain Logistics and Technology—to provide you with a strong foundation to build and advance a career in the trades. These are programs that you complete to increase your knowledge and skills to make you more competitive for acceptance into trade schools, apprenticeships and certification programs


Job Category

Primary Duties

Preparation/Certification(s)

Earned

Relevant Jobs Upon Completion

Healthcare

(15 weeks)

Strengthen reading, writing and math skills through classes in CPR/First Aid, Electronic Health Records (EHR), Medical Terminology, and Biology 120

Prepared for placement exams required to enroll in allied healthcare professional programs

Nursing Assistant, Medical Assistant, etc.

Manufacturing

(10 weeks)

Pre-certification program to build skills in math, reading and writing

Prepared to enter the Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Machinist certification program at Wright College in Chicago

CNC Machinist

Supply Chain Logistics

(14 weeks)

Strengthen reading, writing and math skills through classes to manage the packaging, distribution and allocation of goods in online and place-based operations

Prepared to apply for professional training programs

Supply Chain Management, Inventory Control, Data Management, Warehouse Supervision, etc.

Technology

Basic to advanced classes in software applications and installation/use of hardware, as well as professional computer programs like Microsoft Office suite

Prepared to pursue technology-based certificate and certifications 

Help Desk Technician, Network Support, System Administration, etc.


Erie Neighborhood House/Casa de Erie supports Latinx immigrants – alongside individuals and families of all backgrounds – through education, access to critical services and advocacy to create a just and inclusive society.


Why We Recommend This Opportunity

·All four bridge program areas are growing above the average for all occupations, so you will be prepared for in-demand careers

·Erie program participants form a community who support one another towards completion of the bridge programs and entry into continuing professional training and credentials

·Erie has many established partnerships to help you transfer class credits, prepare for placement exams, apply to programs and persist until graduation and job placement

·Erie is a very respected institution that offers tuition-free training programs

·Erie offers advising and job placement support upon program completion


How To Apply

To begin the process, complete this introductory form: https://www.eriehouse.org/page/see-what-we-do/programs/adults/workforce-development/get-started


Cost: $35-$200 per course, depending on the program and skill range upon entering


For More Information

Contact Ignacio Medina, Outreach Specialist

Phone: (312) 432-2256

Email: [email protected]

Erie Neighborhood House

1347 W. Erie St.

Chicago, IL 60642



The Opportunity

Job Training Program

i.c.stars

Technology Careers

16wk. internship + 2-year residency program

$0 tuition

https://icstars.org/


About this Opportunity

i.c.stars provides a rigorous technology-based workforce development and leadership training program. Students complete an intensive 16-week internship, then work for 2 years in a partner business or enterprise to hone their skills before seeking full-time paid employment.


The i.c.stars curriculum consists of a project-based learning model that allows program participants to become skilled technology professionals with impressive leadership credentials. Participants work on various assignments over a 16-week internship before entering a two-year residency program that combines professional development, mentoring and continuing access to ongoing support. With more than 300 learning objectives and 1,000 hours of hands-on practical business experience, graduates gain expertise in both ‘hard skills’ and ‘soft skills’.


Why We Recommend This Opportunity

·Across ALL fields of study, information technology positions will increase faster than any other field, as identified by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

·Many jobs in IT today do not require employees to work at an office or another specific location. This is a career that often enables you to work your employer’s office or from home.

·i.c.stars also has a leadership focus designed to build social awareness and commitment to community service, ensuring that graduates earn income and impact others around them. 

·90% of i.c.stars graduates get jobs after graduation and 81% work in their field right away . 

72% of graduates go on to actively lead in their communities.  


How To Apply

i.c.stars is a very competitive program, with over 200-300 applications for 20 spots a year. Ideal candidates possess the ability to overcome challenges, curiosity and interest in technology and potential for leadership. 

Requirements:

·Available to attend internship 8AM–8PM, Monday–Friday for four consecutive months

·6 months previous work experience

·Commitment to a strict "On Time, No Absence" policy


The process:

1. Attend an orientation at the i.c.stars office. Schedule here: http://www.icstars.org/applynow.

2. If you decide the program is a good fit and you are able to meet the commitments, complete an application. 

3. Complete an extensive, multi-hour assessment involving screening interviews and problem-solving activities to gain admittance.


Cost: $0 tuition but investment of time and hard work


For More Information

Contact Recruiter Manager Rico Bryant

Phone: 312-640-3850

Email: [email protected]


The Opportunity

Certification Program

North Lawndale Employment Network

(NLEN)

Trained Diesel Mechanic

16 wks.

$0 tuition

http://www.nlen.org/programs/skills-training/


About this Opportunity

North Lawndale Employment Network (NLEN) specializes in career-pathway training within the Transportation, Distribution and Logistics (TDL) industry. Moving Forward is NLEN’s mechanic skills training partnership with the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA). Students who complete the Program earn Class B Commercial Driving License Permit with Air Brake Endorsement, Automotive Service Excellence Beginner’s Certification and National Auto Parts Association Certification.


Through this program, participants are trained for diesel mechanic jobs. Graduates are then qualified to work for CTA as a Bus and Truck Mechanic or Diesel Engine Specialist. Skilled and experienced diesel mechanics may also find work in positions such as:

·Mobile Heavy Equipment Mechanics

·Automotive Mechanics

·Farm Equipment Mechanics

·Rail Car Repairers


Why We Recommend This Opportunity

·Rail car repairers and other mechanics like work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.

·This career field builds critical life skills likedependability, self-control, cooperation, attention to detail and integrity.

·Mechanics use high-tech diagnostic tools and equipment, building applied technology skills.

·Specializing in bus/truck/diesel automotive repair increases demand for skilled technicians, as many public utilities, transportation, trucking companies, etc. need ongoing support and repair.

·NLEN also builds partnerships so graduates can pursue apprenticeships for advanced training and increased career opportunities.


How To Apply

To start Moving Forward, complete this interest form below so that an NLEN staff member can contact you: https://fncnlen.wufoo.com/forms/svej7e91pt370l.


Cost: $0 tuition but valuable investment of time and hard work


For More Information

Contact Mark Sanders:

Phone:773-638-1806 

Email:[email protected]



The Opportunity

Certification Program

Phalanx Family Services

Basic Nursing Assistant

146 hrs./ 8 wks.

$935

http://www.phalanxgrpservices.org/bna.htm


About this Opportunity

The Basic Nursing Assistant (BNA) Training Program prepares students for an entry-level career in healthcare. The Program integrates basic nursing concepts and skills with current trends in patient care. Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) instruction is included in the overall Program and students earn certification in Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers and First Aid.  


Career Development seminars/workshops are incorporated into the Program to prepare students for employment. Upon successful completion of this Program, students take the Illinois Nurse Aide Competency Examination administered by Southern Illinois University of Carbondale.  The program is also approved by the Illinois Department of Public Health.


Why We Recommend This Opportunity

·Once you get trained as a nursing assistant and pass your state’s licensing exam, you can practice anywhere in your state. 

·You will be equipped with skills in direct patient care, basic first aid, and basic lifesaving. 

·Nurses are everyday heroes. They are the ones who are there for their patients at their time of need. If you enter the field of nursing, you will have a career that will make you proud.

·This career path can be a great way to see if you enjoy the field of nursing. You can get additional training to become a practical nurse, registered nurse, or more.

·The job outlook is positive: The Occupational Outlook Handbook, published by the U.S. Department of Labor, predicts, “Employment of nursing assistants is projected to grow 18 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations.” 


How To Apply

Contact Laura Erving Bailey via email: [email protected].


Cost: $935

Registration Fee      $75

Tuition:     $445

Books and Supplies: $210

Misc. Expenses $92.50

Exam/Certifications  $113

TOTAL COST  $935


For More Information

Phone:(773) 291-1086

In Person:

Phalanx Family Services

837 W. 119th St.

Chicago, IL 60643


The Opportunity

Gap-Year Program

Year Up - Chicago

Future Business/ Technology Professional

One year (6 mo. of courses and 6 mo. internship)

$0 tuition

https://www.yearup.org/future-students/


About this Opportunity

The Year Up providesmotivated, committed young adults with skills, experience, and support to reach their potential through professional careers in introductory technology or business applications.Year Up offers a one-year intensive training program that provides participants, ages 18-24, with a combination of hands-on skills, coursework eligible for college credit, corporate internships, and wraparound support. For the first six months of the program, students develop technical and professional skills in the classroom. Students then apply those skills during the second six months on an internship with one of Year Up’s corporate partners. 


Technical skills classes at Year Up might include: Desktop and Network Support; Help Desk; Customer Service and more. Professional and communication skills classes might include: Business Writing Skills; Time Management; Career Networking and more. 


For the second half of the program, interns work at companies like American Express, Facebook, Inc., Fordham University, LinkedIn Corporation, Viacom and Yelp Inc. You must want to pursue a career in Information Technology (IT) or business, beginning at entry level (data processing, etc.), for this to be a great option for you.


Downtown Campus

Year Up Chicago opened in September 2010 at 223 West Jackson Blvd and partners with Citadel, JP Morgan Chase, Bank of America, CDW, Unisys, and AON.

Phone: 312-726-5300


Harold Washington College (HWC) Campus

At Year Up Chicago-HWC at Harold Washington College, 30 East Lake St., offers dual enrollment in Year Up and as a student at Harold Washington College.

Phone: 312-726-5300


Why We Recommend This Opportunity

·Year Up aligns its training with corporate partners’ needs and market trends to ensure that the skills you learn will be in-demand. 

·Participants earn a stipend throughout the program (both while you train and during your internship) and complete courses eligible for college credit.

·Year Up staff (including program managers, coaches, and student services teams) and its strong alumni network support you to succeed as a student and a working professional.

·Year Up helps its program alumni secure gainful employment. There are many alumni services and benefits available, including YUPRO, an organization focused exclusively as a placement agency for Year Up alumni. YUPRO alerts alumni of job opportunities, offers webinars and job-search coaching sessions and holds Professional Development office hours.

·90% of Year Up graduates are employed and/or enrolled in postsecondary education within four months of completing the program.


How To Apply

You can join Year Up if you are 18-24 years old with a high school diploma and availability Mon-Fri for the entire program year. The Year Up class series begin in January, March, August and September of each year. Applications are considered on a rolling basis until each class is filled – apply early as space is limited.


To apply:

1.Fill out the online interest form here: https://www.yearup.org/seize-opportunity/and RSVP to attend an upcoming information session.

2.Attend the Information Session, which is mandatory for all interested applicants. Sessions are offered weekly and take place at 223 West Jackson Blvd. Suite 400, Chicago, IL 60606


Cost: No financial cost, but a full year’s investment of time and hard work


For More Information

Contact Faith Nunley-Alaribe, Associate Director of Admissions & Recruitment

Phone: (312) 726-5300

Email: [email protected]


The Opportunity

Gap-Year Program

Illinois Safe Families AmeriCorps

Corps Member

1700 hrs. – one year

You are paid a stipend

https://www.redcross.org/local/illinois/chicago-and-northern-illinois/volunteer/americorps.html


About this Opportunity

Safe Families AmeriCorps members organize community members across Illinois in making their cities, schools, organizations and households more prepared for emergencies. Corps Members present free American Red Cross courses on emergency preparedness, disaster-specific safety, and basic first aid and CPR to both youth and adults in Illinois’ most vulnerable and under-served communities. Safe Families members also work with local disaster clients to deliver Red Cross services to individuals, families and communities effected by emergencies.


Why We Recommend This Opportunity

·Safe Families members help their communities. Teaching individuals and communities about disaster readiness can save lives in the event of an emergency.

·Corps members also provide direct disaster relief across the region, supporting the critical work of the American Red Cross.

·Corps members also build essential personal skills around communication and collaboration in working with schools, companies and organizations to host trainings and events.

·Safe Families AmeriCorps is a strong network. Once you complete your service term, you will be joining a community of over 1 million AmeriCorps alums! This network includes professionals within a variety of career sectors from medicine and politics to entertainment and education.

·You will be recognized as a civic-minded individual, which is a positive trait. The brand of AmeriCorps is known nation-wide and participation indicates to colleges and employers that you have a strong commitment to service.


How To Apply

Safe Families AmeriCorpsmembers are recruited during the summer and fall months for a term of service that begins in October. Fellows are expected to commit to a full 12-month term of service. 


The 2019-2020 application has not been posted yet, but keep an eye on this link beginning in June: https://my.americorps.gov/mp/listing/viewListing.do?id=83278&fromSearch=true.


Your Pay: $18,000

Safe Families AmeriCorps members make a one-year full-time commitment (1700 hours). Fellows receive an $18,000/year living allowance and receive a $5,920 education award from AmeriCorps after successfully completing their term of service to use for continuing education. Fellows are also eligible for health insurance and child-care assistance.


For More Information

Contact Michelle Bush, Coordinator

Phone: 312-485-7379

Email: [email protected]


The Opportunity

Gap-Year Program

Illinois Justice Corps

Corps Member

1700 hrs. – one year

You are paid a stipend

https://www.illinoisbarfoundation.org/illinois-justicecorps


About this Opportunity

Illinois JusticeCorps is an innovative AmeriCorps program that places members in courthouses throughout the state to help the growing number of individuals appearing in court every day without lawyers. Program members make the courts a friendlier and more welcoming environment for people involved in the court system and other court patrons. Illinois JusticeCorps members get the unique opportunity to serve alongside legal aid attorneys, judges, law librarians, clerks, and other court staff in an effort to increase the public's access to the legal system.


Here are some of the duties of the Illinois JusticeCorps Fellow:

·Provide legal information and connecting court patrons to available legal aid resources.

·Accompany people without lawyers around the courthouse to help them complete the necessary steps to move forward with their legal matters.

·Design and implement workshops and information sessions for Fellows and the general public.


Why We Recommend This Opportunity

·JusticeCorps members help their communities. Many individuals have to navigate parts of the justice system without lawyers before they may be assigned counsel from Legal Aid. Corps members help people navigate a very intimidating experience with additional support.

·JusticeCorps teaches transferrable skills. You will employ communication and collaboration skills, as well as writing, critical thinking, problem-solving and more. 

·You will be a member of a courthouse community and thus expected to be responsible, including managing your time and tasks professionally. 

·JusticeCorps is a strong network. Once you complete your service term, you will be joining a community of over 1 million AmeriCorps alums! This network includes professionals within a variety of career sectors from medicine and politics to entertainment and education.

·You will be recognized as a civic-minded individual, which is a positive trait. The brand of AmeriCorps is known nation-wide and participation indicates that you have a strong commitment to service.


How To Apply

Illinois JusticeCorps Fellows are recruited during the spring and summer months for a term of service that begins in August. Fellows are expected to commit to a full 12-month term of service. 


To apply for a position with our program, apply here: https://my.americorps.gov(search for Illinois JusticeCorps).


Your Pay: $18,000

llinois JusticeCorps Fellows make a one-year full-time commitment (1700 hours). Fellows receive an $18,000/year living allowance and receive a $5,920 education award from AmeriCorps after successfully completing their term of service to use for continuing education. Fellows are also eligible for health insurance and child-care assistance.


For More Information

Contact Cortney Redman, Cook County Regional Program Coordinator, The Chicago Bar Foundation

Phone: 312-914-9521

Email: [email protected]


The Opportunity

Gap-Year Program

Literacy Volunteers of Illinois

Corps Member

1700 hrs. – one year

You are paid a stipend

http://www.lvillinois.org/vocal_americorps.aspx


About this Opportunity

The central goal of the Volunteer Outreach for Community Action in Literacy (VOCAL) program is to recruit and train corps members to serve as Literacy Specialists and tutors in adult literacy programs throughout the state. Host sites for VOCAL corps members this year include Association House of Chicago, Centro Romero and Chicago Citywide Literacy Coalition, among many others.


As Literacy Specialists, VOCAL members serve as one-to-one and small-group tutors to help program participants master reading, writing and speaking English. Corps members help recruit additional volunteers and help secure other resources for their host site, including books, program materials, and "give -away" items for tutor and student celebrations. Members are also involved in special events to generate awareness of and support for the literacy activities of the agency.


Why We Recommend This Opportunity

·VOCAL corps members help their communities. There is not enough support for adults who need help mastering English and this program supports this vital community service.

·You will build transferable occupational habits as a member of a school or organization community, with expectations to be responsible and manage your time and tasks professionally. 

·Corps members also build essential personal skills around communication and collaboration in working with schools, organizations and local agencies to plan learning events and celebrations.

·AmeriCorps is a strong network. Once you complete your service term, you will be joining a community of over 1 million AmeriCorps alums! This network includes professionals within a variety of career sectors from medicine and politics to entertainment and education.

·You will be recognized as a civic-minded individual, which is a positive trait. The brand of AmeriCorps is known nation-wide and participation indicates to colleges and employers that you have a strong commitment to service.


How To Apply

To apply, submit an application, along with two references, here: https://my.americorps.gov/mp/listing/viewListing.do?id=36672.

You can also download and complete the application and submit it, along with two references, to:

Literacy Volunteers of Illinois

641 West Lake St, Suite 200

Chicago, IL 60661-1308

The next program year begins on September 1, 2019.


Your Pay: $13,732

VOCAL AmeriCorps members make a one-year full-time commitment (1700 hours). Fellows receive an $13,732/year living allowance and receive a $5,920 education award from AmeriCorps after successfully completing their term of service to use for continuing education. Fellows are also eligible for health insurance and child-care assistance.


For More Information

Phone: 312-857-1582

Email: [email protected]


The Opportunity

Gap-Year Program

Project Yes!

Corps Member

1700 hrs. – one year

You are paid a stipend

https://americorpsprojectyes.org/about-us/#the-program


About this Opportunity

Project YES! is an AmeriCorps Program that connects corps members with youth in and around West Town. Members serve the community through mentorship, educational, service, artistic, and recreational activities. The goal of the Program is to support students’ academic achievements, provide alternatives to destructive behaviors, and foster an culture of service in the entire community.


Project YES! focuses on three program components: Getting Things Done, Community Strengthening and Member Development.


Why We Recommend This Opportunity

·Project Yes! corps members help their communities. As a member, you would embrace the West Town community and fulfill essential supports like more resourced communities have, leveling the playing field for all residents.

·You will build transferable occupational habits as a member of a school or organization community, with expectations to be responsible and manage your time and tasks professionally. 

·Corps members also build essential personal skills around communication and collaboration in working with schools, organizations and local agencies to plan learning events and celebrations.

·AmeriCorps is a strong network. Once you complete your service term, you will be joining a community of over 1 million AmeriCorps alums! This network includes professionals within a variety of career sectors from medicine and politics to entertainment and education.

·You will be recognized as a civic-minded individual, which is a positive trait. The brand of AmeriCorps is known nation-wide and participation indicates to colleges and employers that you have a strong commitment to service.


How To Apply

Project Yes! AmeriCorpsmembers are recruited during the summer and fall months for a term of service that begins in October. Fellows are expected to commit to a full 12-month term of service. 


The 2019-2020 application has not been posted yet, but keep an eye on this link beginning in June: https://my.americorps.gov/mp/listing/viewListing.do?id=36672.


Your Pay: $13,732

Project Yes! AmeriCorps members make a one-year full-time commitment (1700 hours). Fellows receive an $13,732/year living allowance and receive a $5,920 education award from AmeriCorps after successfully completing their term of service to use for continuing education. Fellows are also eligible for health insurance and child-care assistance.


For More Information

Contact Program Manager Megan Bott.

Phone: 773-278-7471

Email: [email protected]


The Opportunity

Work Experience

Growing Home

Produce

Production Assistant

14 weeks

$0 tuition

http://growinghomeinc.org/our-model/


About this Opportunity

Each year, Growing Home hires 50+ individuals to work as Production Assistants (PAs) on its urban organic farm and participate as students in their job readiness program. The program is a 14-week, paid, on-the-job training opportunity with the goal of transitioning into permanent, full-time employment throughout Chicagoland. You must be willing to work with your hands to grow produce on the farm for this to be a great option for you.


Growing Home trains PAs in every aspect of farm production, including planting, harvesting, washing, weighing, packaging and selling fruit and vegetables (produce) to customers across Chicago. PAs work in teams alongside staff, graduates, and volunteers to reach produce sales goals, while improving access to healthy food in underserved neighborhoods. This job training model combines real work experience with a complete job readiness curriculum to support PAs in growing personally and professionally.


MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

-18 or older, and not currently in high school

-Currently unemployed, seeking job opportunity

-Basic reading and math comprehension

-Chicago resident

-Able to stand, bend and work 6 hours at a time

-Able to lift 25 lbs.

KEY INFORMATION

-Minimum 23 hours of work per week

-Paid $13/hr every two weeks

-On-the-job training and assistance with job placement

-Transportation Assistance for the first 2 weeks 


Why We Recommend This Opportunity

·Green collar jobs, i.e. jobs that benefit the environment by adding more farms and fresh food in a community and many other means,are on the rise. This career field is growing in demand.

·A deep knowledge of food, from farm to table, is highly transferable to opportunities in restaurants, grocery stores, online food delivery operations and more.

·Urban farming is community service as well: you would be helping to bring fresh fruits and vegetables to neighborhoods that may not have enough grocery stores or healthy-food options.

·Growing Home also offers a comprehensive jobs skills program, including professionalism, conflict resolution, interviewing, and resume development.

·This is a paid work opportunity as well as a training program, accomplishing the goal of a living wage and establishment of a new career.


How To Apply

1. Reserve your applicant spot at an information session by:

Phone: 872.256.6439

Email: [email protected]

Online form: http://growinghomeinc.org/job-training/

2. Attend scheduled information session and complete a written application.

3. If selected to proceed to next round, attend a scheduled interview.

4. If hired, attend a mandatory social-service intake meeting.


Cost: No financial cost, but a full year’s investment of time and hard work

For More Information

Phone:773-549-1336

Email:[email protected]


The Opportunity

Employment

Citi -

Bank Teller

https://jobs.citi.com/


About this Opportunity

The Teller role is a critical position for bank branch teams in helping the branches achieve their sales, service and operations goals. The Teller creates and develops a positive relationship with Citi’s clients and delivers solutions by suggesting new products and services based on the customer's financial goals.


The Teller performs efficient and accurate banking transactions while:

·Communicating clearly with clients

·Making clients feel appreciated

·Making it easy to do business with the bank


Pay: Tellers average $14 an hour and store managers average $76,000 a year 


Why We Recommend This Opportunity:

Health Care

Part-time hourly, full-time hourly and salaried employees can access health, dental, vision and disability insurance for themselves and their children.  

Health and Wellness Incentives

Live Well at Citi Program provides tools and resources, like health assessment and health coaching, to help you manage your health care. Earn Live Well Rewards, either as reductions of insurance costs or gift cards, for program participation.

Discounts and Other Benefits

All employees have access to discounts on phone services through Verizon and gym memberships.

Affinity Groups

Executive leaders across Citi lead 10 affinity groups: Asian Heritage, Black Heritage, Citi Salutes (Military Veterans), Citi Women, Disability: Enabling Diverse Abilities, Generations, Hispanic/Latino Heritage, Multicultural, Parents and Pride (LGBTQ). The executives are responsible for developing understanding and appreciation of the uniqueness of each group and devising ideas and initiatives to ensure Citi is helping them grow, develop and matriculate through the firm.

Seals of Approval

Named “Top 50 Employers for Women” by The Times. Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility (HACR) inclusion in Corporate Index. 


How To Apply

Online: https://jobs.citi.com/

For More Information

Phone: 1 (800) 374-9700


The Opportunity

Employment

Discover Financial Services – 

Customer Service Representative

https://jobs.discover.com/


About this Opportunity

Discover Financial Services, Inc. (DFS) is an American financial services company that owns and operates Discover Bank, which offers checking and savings accounts, personal loans, home loans, student loans and credit cards. Discover Card is the third largest credit card in the United States, with nearly 50 million cardholders. Discover is currently headquartered in the Chicago suburb of Riverwoods, Illinois.


DFS is an established company with an international brand and a large corporate headquarters that operates in the Chicagoland region. DFS has been recognized as one of the most employee-focused companies in the world, including a nationally-recognized program offering the chance to earn a no-cost online Bachelor’s degree. The program is available to all employees and can be accessed on the first day of employment.


Pay: Customer Service Representatives average $13 an hour 


Why We Recommend This Opportunity:

Tuition Assistance

-Discover College Commitment program covers tuition and fees to complete select online degrees University of Florida (via UF Online), Wilmington University or Brandman University.

-Tuition reimbursement for a qualified Associate's or Bachelor's degree from accredited colleges outside of the College Commitment program.

Health Care

Hourly and salaried employees can access health, dental, vision and disability insurance for themselves and their children. 

Retirement

DFS will match 6% of what an employee invests in their retirement fund each year. This includes both full-time and part-time employees.

Discounts and Other Benefits

-DFS offers discounted childcare at participating centers, free care.com membership, and money available for various backup care services.

-The Perks at Work program offers discounts from over 30,000 merchants, earning points towards future purchases.

-DFS Riverwoods offers on-site Health Clinic and access to a full-service fitness center

Buy a Part of Discover

Discover provides stock grants to employees at all levels of the company and the option to buy stock outright at a discount.

Affinity Groups

Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) are made up of employees who voluntarily join together around a particular aspect of diversity. ERGs are available for 10 different affinities, including by race, veterans, individuals with disabilities and more. Each ERG implements a strategic plan that aligns with overall company strategies and include activities that build cultural awareness, impact professional development and grow the customer base

Seals of Approval

-DFS was named “2018 Best Company for Women to Work” by Women’s Choice, a national rating network.

-DFS was named a “Top 50 Company with the Best Benefits in Chicago” by Built In Chicago, the online community for Chicago startups and tech/finance companies


How To Apply

Online: https://jobs.discover.com/


For More Information

Phone: (224) 405-0900