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Client Spotlight: Mikeshia Manning

by Andrea Grabemeyer on July 7th, 2013

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This month we’re focusing on Mikeshia Manning, a bright young lady who had everything going for her until her company closed their doors and laid her off a couple years ago.

In July 2012, Mikeshia came to MicroTrain to get her PMP certification. With 10 years of experience in the banking industry, a degree in Business Administration and Management, and plenty of Project Management experience, Mikeshia had already laid the foundation for her success. 

After applying herself diligently and completing PMP, Business Analysis and Six Sigma courses at MicroTrain, Mikeshia earned her certifications. But she knew certifications alone wouldn't be enough to get her dream job. So, Mikeshia worked closely with her Career Services Manager, Elliott Esparza, to craft a winning resume, prepare for interviews and get her foot in the door with employers.

"After completing courses at Microtrain and achieving my PMP certification, Elliott assisted with my career search from beginning to end, helping me land a job at the Illinois Department of Housing as a Program Lead," Mikeshia said recently. "With his assistance, I was able to land a great opportunity. Thank you for everything."

Esparza, Mikeshia’s Career Services Manager, said her persistence, organization and ambition are the main sources of Mikeshia’s amazing success.

Congratulations to Mikeshia and to the Illinois Department of Housing for knowing a good thing when they see it!

Introducing Matt Weis, Chicago Jobs Council's Newest Board Member

by Andrea Grabemeyer on June 26th, 2013

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Starting July 1, 2013, Matt Weis, MicroTrain’s Director of Workforce Development, will be serving as the Chicago Jobs Council’s (CJC) newest board member. Voted in by members, Matt has over 8 years of workforce development experience in both public and private sectors. He brings his valuable experience and knowledge in the areas of workforce development programming, program implementation, and funding regulation to the CJC.

Matt said Tuesday, “I’m honored to serve on the CJC board with so many extraordinary community leaders”.

Chicago Jobs Council is a coalition of community-based training organizations, advocacy groups, businesses and individuals working to ensure access to employment and career advancement opportunities for people living in poverty.

Since 1981, CJC’s membership has grown to include over 100 organizations and individuals. Through collaboration, advocacy, applied research, and capacity building, they work with their members to influence the development and reform of public policies and programs designed to move people into the workforce.

Andrés Moreno, Communications Coordinator for CJC, said, “Matt has been involved with us for many years. He is an engaged partner, has been instrumental in our advocacy work, and is a good friend to CJC. We’re excited to have him serve on our Board of Directors.”

MicroTrain is the recognized leader in Information Technology, Project Management and Office Skills training throughout the Chicago-land area and has been so for the past 13 years. Since 2007, MicroTrain has provided technical training and employment-focused services to over 2,500 job seekers. Most recently MicroTrain has partnered with the Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership to begin Chicago TechWorks, the newest sector center in Cook County focused on the IT sector.

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