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Thursday, May 25, 2017 • Integrity Successes

Integrity Transformations Community Development Corporation recently received $10,000 from the Wells Fargo Foundation to support workforce development through Westside Works' programmatic efforts. The funds will assist Westside Works toward providing four levels of service to residents in the 30314 and 30318 zip codes:

  • Assessing and addressing participants' barriers to employment
  • Providing industry-driven training and industry-recognized credentials in high-demand sectors
  • Opening doors to long-term employment and living wage careers with Atlanta's top employers through strategic partnerships
  • On-going follow-up and support after job placement through case management services

Westside Works is a community-based workforce readiness program that creates employment opportunities and job training for residents of the Westside community, including Vine City, English Avenue, Castleberry Hill and other contiguous neighborhood. Westside Works training programs focus on Automotive Maintenance and Repair, Construction, Culinary Arts, Healthcare, Information Technology, Childcare and Office Operations.

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Thursday, May 25, 2017 • Success Stories

My name is Tony Hill and I am a Westside NET and Westside BRIDGE graduate. I am thankful to my case manager Judy McDaniel for recommending me for this program because I have a learning disability and this class has helped me to grow professionally. I have always been scared to speak in front of people. This class gave me the courage to walk in a room and not be scared to talk. My class was taught soft skills. Learning soft skills made me think about all the things I did wrong on previous jobs. Also, I did not know how to use a computer, do my resume or answer questions at a job interview. But I must say, I can use the computer a little better, I know what to put on my resume and I'm more comfortable on job interviews.  
 
I would tell anyone the program really works. Before I took this class I did not have money, confidence, food or a job. Now I have all these things. I now work on the Beautification team and I love my job! I am so happy the Integrity staff believes in me and have given me the chance to show how hard I work.

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Sunday, November 06, 2016 • Integrity Successes

On October 10th, Arthur Blank of the Blank Foundation handed over keys for the new Westside Works building to Integrity Transformations Community Development Corporation, managing partner of the Westside Works job training facility. The workforce development partnership has placed more than 350 Westside residents in living-wage jobs since it opened 2.5 years ago.

Three of the five training partners will occupy the new building which is located at 261 Joseph E. Lowery Blvd., on the corner of Lowery Blvd and Rock St. The Construction Education Foundation of Georgia (CEFGA) trains residents on construction ready principles, and New Hope Enterprises provides Certified Nursing Assistant, Microsoft Office Operations and soft skills programs.

Integrity Transformations Community Development Corporation anchors Westside Works as the managing partner, leading the organization by enhancing client relations, managing all aspects of building operations, reporting performance metrics and  acting as fiscal agent for the program  Integrity will also continue to recruit and orient  westside residents who desire job training into the program.

Rev. Beckham, CEO of Integrity Transformations, stated, "There is no greater time than right now for the efforts of the City of Atlanta, the Blank Foundation and Invest Atlanta to come to fruition with opening of our new facility. We hope that its presence will signal to residents that community empowerment can and will happen via workforce development."

The new facility is now open for business. Rev. Beckham welcomes all area residents who are interested in improving their lives to stop by the new facility.  The staff is available to assist you in filling out your application from 9 to 4, Monday through Friday.

For further information, please call Westside Works at 404-458-6413.

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