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New Economic Opportunities, Tollway ConstructionWorks Location Coming to Chatham Community

The Tollway’s new Executive Director José Alvarez was honored to join the Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership, Congressman Bobby L. Rush, and GMA Construction Group, as well as public and private partners to announce the new Chatham Workforce and Training Center as a new home for the Tollway's ConstructionWorks program. ConstructionWorks representatives were also on hand for a hiring event and resource fair to help individuals looking to work in the construction industry.

"This investment demonstrates what’s possible when we harness collaboration between the city, the county, the state and the private sector, each working together, to champion new programs that will open the doors for rewarding careers that will always be in demand," said Illinois Tollway Executive Director José Alvarez.

“The Chatham Education and Workforce Center is more than a building,” said Karin M. Norington-Reaves, CEO of The Partnership. “It represents a collective effort to revitalize communities by cultivating innovation and laying the foundation for future economic opportunity."

The Center is made possible by the generous support of 4S Bay Partners, a Chicago-based family office, which purchased the building and is funding its build-out and furnishing. Other project partners include IFF, JPMorgan Chase, and GMA Construction Group who will be the Design Builder.

The new Center will open this fall and will feature an array of services, including but not limited to resume writing, interview preparation, job training services and employer related services to name a few. It will also hold sites for ConstructionWorks and Chicago Codes, a tuition-free development and coding academy.

The Illinois Tollway’s ConstructionWorks program, administered by The Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership, launched in 2018 and is providing free pre-apprenticeship training and support services to underemployed and disenfranchised individuals seeking training and career opportunities in the highway construction industry, including members of minority groups, women and veterans.

If you or someone you know is interested in ConstructionWorks, please click here to apply: http://bit.ly/ConstWorks

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