LULAC's Workforce Development Programs
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Income inequality in the United States has been on the rise since the 1970s and has often followed ethnic and racial lines. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, in 2019 the average median household income for Hispanic households stood at $56,113 as compared to $76,057 for white, Hon-Hispanic households. The 2019 Coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) disproportionately hurt communities of color and has significantly increased income inequality, unemployment and the wealth gap.
Through key partnerships and initiatives, LULAC is empowering and training Latinos for successful careers, with a strong focus on the fields of STEM, to create access to upward professional and economic mobility. LULAC aims to reach multiple segments of the population, from youth to seniors, who are looking to upskill and change careers. LULAC's workforce development programs and initiatives equip participants with in-demand skills, offer professional development opportunities, and connect them with top employers.
Google Career Certificates Program
The LULAC Google Career Certificates program is a two-year program designed to award scholarships for participants to complete a Google Career Certificate which provides people with access to in-demand jobs through rapid reskilling without the need for a college degree or prior experience in the fields of IT support, data analytics, project management, and user experience (UX) design. Learners also participate in opportunities for professional development and an annual career fair.
Professional Development Bootcamps
LULAC's Professional Development Bootcamps are designed to provide participants with the tools to stand out and succeed in the job market. The one-day activations offer training in presenting yourself professionally and establishing a professional online presence, leveraging job boards and search engines, crafting an effective resume and cover letter, and polishing their interviewing skills.
Project RISE is an after-school program for Hispanic students between the ages of 16 to 18 years old who identify as at-risk. The meaningful program curriculum introduces skill awareness and workforce concepts while building a supportive environment and increasing participants’ confidence and self-esteem. Participants have the opportunity to participate in weekly development sessions, be connected to local and national resources, receive one-on-one guidance and mentorship, cultivate relationships with parents, peers, mentors, professionals, leaders and the community to build a network of personal and professional support, and more.
Learn more at LULAC.org/projectrise.