Mission: The organization has been serving the chicago metropolitan area with over 25 years of experience in comprehensive workforce development. Its missions is to create a community environment in which all people who desire to do so can access education, training, (see sched. O) work and housing that will allow them to sustain and enjoy safe, secure, and fulfilling lives. The organization serves people with significant barriers to obtaining and retaining rewarding employment. Clients include individuals making the transition from welfare to work, at-risk youth, empowerment zone (ez) residents, displaced workers, those in need of additional skills, and anyone with earnings below the poverty line. The organization serves approximately 3,500 clients annually.
Programs: The oai chicago southland division provides job training, placement and retention services to residents facing multiple challenges in the chicago southland region
the pre-employment division provides job training, placement and retention services to residents facing multiple challenges in dallas, kansas city, and chicago.
the business and worker training division provides worker health & safety training, in compliance with osha cfr 1910. 120, to emergency first responders, medical first receivers and industry workers who are exposed to hazardous materials. In addition, the division offers customized, cost-effective on-site workforce skills and safety training programs for low-wage and limited english proficient workers employed in various industries, including the manufacturing, hospitality and medical sectors.
high bridge is a transitional jobs and social enterprise company that installs and maintains green infrastructure treatments - primarily rain gardens - hiring local labor and helping advance technical and higher-paying skills for residents of the calumet region. The company is designed to offer full-time, short-term employment, enabling job training graduates and residents to benefit economically and environmentally from a variety of public green infrastructure investments in south suburban communities.