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Illinois Manufacturing Foundation Offering Training at Proviso East: 12 slots available

The Illinois Manufacturing Foundation (IMF), which offers education and training to help students develop skills and attitudes needed for successful career employment, will be offering free classes and training at Proviso East High School through Sept 20, 2008.

There are currently twelve available slots in the program for Proviso students to join.

IMF is funded by the President’s Office of Employment and Training of Cook County and offers hands on training Mon-Thurs 3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

This year the program focuses on computer graphic skills, working with acrylics, business marketing, and entrepreneurship.

“This program is similar to a student achievement model,” said Ric Gudell, Director of IMF. “We need to give our young people hands on experience and training in creating things using science, technology, engineering and math. After students have learned to use the computer graphic software they will begin to make products by hand that local organizations will want to buy. Students will develop their own business and make a profit from created material.”

The IMF is a non-profit organization formed to meet the needs of economically disadvantaged Chicago residents by providing training for stable, well-paying professions.

IMF has a certificate of approval from the Illinois State Board of Education. Their educational programs have been developed over the past twenty years and tout results such as improved motivation, the development of sound work habits & attitudes, and development of sound technical skills—that lead to successful careers.

“The IMF staff is so incredibly supportive of these students,” said Sharon Johnson, IMF Program Manager. “Having these young people involved in this program gets them involved in something positive-- in a healthy environment.”

IMF is currently searching for twelve more students to join the IMF program. Please contact Sharon Johnson, IMF Program Manager at 773.277.2343 to get registered today.

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