State Representative Litesa Wallace (D-Rockford) attended the graduation ceremony for Workforce Development Institute participants on Thursday and congratulated graduates as well as encouraged local companies to look to hire individuals who hone their job skills.
“These individuals are an asset to our community,” Wallace said. “Partnerships that work to help residents improve their economic standing are critical in developing Rockford into a better community for all.”
Eleven graduates were honored in Thursday’s ceremony, all of whom were residents of the Rockford and Winnebago County Housing Authority. Each student completed a 56-hour course that taught job readiness and skills such as problem solving, responsibility and teamwork. Professionalism and a proper, positive attitude were also emphasized. Initially a program of the Housing Authority of the City of Freeport, the Workforce Development Institute has now expanded into Rockford and has taken on public and private partnerships. Ninety percent of previous graduates are currently employed.
“Residents of public housing can often face a negative stigma and face an unfair, uphill battle in the job market,” Wallace said. “Programs like the Workforce Development Institute can give hope, and offer an excellent opportunity for people to help others succeed.”
For more information, please contact Wallace’s full-time constituent service office at 815-987-7433, or email Litesa@StateRepWallace.com.