New Workforce Development Program to Provide Training and Certifications to South Bend Residents

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City launches new workforce development program to provide training and certifications to South Bend residents

The Department of Community Investment today announced the launch of Upskill SB, a new workforce development program targeting job seekers, professionals and recent high school or college graduates to Obtain industry-level professional certifications. By providing a wide range of training options and reimbursing certification costs, Upskill SB aims to develop highly skilled workers in South Bend and retain high quality jobs in the area.

The program will accept 10-15 South Bend residents and help identify the training and certifications that best match each participant’s interests and career goals. Through Upskill SB, the City will reimburse 100% of exam fees and at least 50% of training fees, with additional financial assistance available for qualified participants. Those who do not have access to a computer or high-speed Internet may also be eligible for technology refunds. Participants will be able to network with their cohort at the Technology Resource Center through study, office hours, and enrollment in the Technology Mentorship Program.

Industry-level certifications and other credentials give workers more specific education and training than traditional college degrees and can boost salaries by a double-digit percentage on average.

Participants must have a high school diploma or equivalent and must reside in South Bend. Residents can apply for the program and find more information at The application will remain open until the cohort is complete or until June 3.

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