Workforce Development

Skills training that makes anything possible.

To help improve the lives of our community members and their families, we launched Pathways to Success (PTS)—a workforce training and career preparation program.

Since 2007, PTS has been helping our Adult program participants bridge the gap between education and the workforce by empowering hundreds to improve their literacy, become proficient in new technology and ultimately earn certification in desirable fields, like healthcare, manufacturing and technology.

Achieving long-term employment and livable wages is no longer just a dream for many of our participants—it’s a real opportunity—because the skills and training they receive open new doors and make it possible.  See to see how Workforce Development achieves these goals, see what Workforce Development offers: 

Healthcare: Bridge to Medical Assistant Careers – West Town

Erie’s Health Care Bridge class targets the Medical Assistant profession. However, students may choose other careers in the Allied Health Care field. This is an intensive 20 weeks program in which participants improve their reading, writing and math skills through contextualized health care training that prepares them to pass placement exams for advanced training programs.

Manufacturing: Bridge to Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Career – West Town

Erie’s Manufacturing Bridge class targets the Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Machinist occupation. Students may choose other careers in manufacturing for their advanced training as well. This 14-week integrated training module prepares participants for an advanced training Certification Program as well as for entry level jobs that will lead to advanced hands-on training in the field.

We are not currently offering our manufacturing bridge program; please check back for updates.

Technology – West Town and Little Village 

Erie Neighborhood House offers computer classes at basic, intermediate and advanced levels, including hardware. Basic computer classes are taught in Spanish. Participants learn technology skills needed for their everyday life, such as using internet, as well as skills that help broaden their employment opportunities, such as how to create documents and work with spreadsheets.

 In partnership with:
   City Colleges of Chicago Women Empowered

About the Career Foundations Curriculum

How do you encourage adult students who never earned a high school diploma to view Adult Education as a program that leads to real opportunity? The Career Foundations: Making Your Education Work for You curriculum helps students who read at a 4th grade level or above or who speak limited English assess their skills and interests, explore career paths, and craft a plan to get them to college.

The Workforce Development Program at Erie Neighborhood House prepares students for specialized training, continuing education and career advancement. The program is not, however, accredited by the U.S. Department of Education.

For all student complaints, please visit:
Illinois Board of Higher Education
1 North Old State Capitol Plaza, Suite 333
Springfield, IL 62701
(217) 782-2551


    Average wage of program graduates who are placed in healthcare jobs 



    Community residents receiving hands-on technology instruction and/or access



The Basics


Vary depending on program.  Please refer to individual programs pages. 


Judy Lai
Director of Workforce Development

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