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Partnership Helps Chicago High School Students Succeed

Posted by Guest on Feb 9, 2020 6:01:55 PM

Partnership Helps Chicago High School Students SucceedThe Goodwill Workforce Connection Center (WCC) in Englewood, IL recently partnered with the Community Youth Development Institute (CYDI) to provide a two-day Professional Employment Skills Training class. The coursework focused on team building, resume development and interviewing skills with WCC Facilitator Melinda Crosby and WCC Employment Resource Specialist Shanell Thomas.

The Community Youth Development Institute focuses on the development of students’ academic, social, emotional and executive skills to be successful in college and in their careers. CYDI is a community-based, alternative high school for youth who have not thrived in traditional settings.

“CYDI provides hands-on curriculum that helps students gain marketable skills and prepare for life after high school. The Goodwill Workforce Connection Center staff is so proud to be a part of the students’ journey to success in high school and beyond,” says Brenda Sanders, Area Manager IL Programs and Workforce Connection Centers.

The students left the training with practical knowledge and actual tools to use for the future. They reported that the resumes they created were most valuable to them, as the vast number of students had either never had a resume or had never fully completed one. The resume building section of the course taught the students how to properly organize and articulate their education, job history, accomplishments and certificates in a way that showed their strengths to potential employers. The other piece of the training that was very well received were the mock interviews. Students were able to practice typical interview questions and build confidence in that area.

For more information partnering with the Workforce Connection Centers in the Chicago area, please contact Brenda Sanders at (773)627-5755 or

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