Bethel Making Final Selections for its Fifth Entrepreneurship Training Program Class West Side Forward> Web site Gets a New Look
13 Participants Graduate from Bethel's Advanced Manufacturing Program Class Bethel's CEO Speaks on Panel at Lutheran Services in America CEO Academy

BETHEL MAKING FINAL SELECTIONS FOR ITS FIFTH ENTREPRENEURSHIP TRAINING PROGRAM CLASS

Bethel is currently completing the final screening process for selecting participants for the fifth cohort of its Entrepreneurship Training Program (ETP). The ETP program is offered through the Illinois Small Business Development Center at Bethel New Life (SBDC) and is a highly competitive 14-15 week commitment where participants take part in classes on business plans, marketing, financing, accounting, risk management, legal issues, and more. This is followed by a year of personal mentoring from one of 31 volunteer business leaders.

 

ETP participant Shiwanda Starr.

Screening for Cohort 5 started with 75 applicants and Bethel plans to select 30 for the program. Classes are scheduled to run from March 10 - June 9, 2015 with commencement scheduled for June 16, 2015


For more information on the ETP, Click here.

13 PARTICIPANTS GRADUATE FROM BETHEL’S ADVANCED MANUFACTURING PROGRAM CLASS


On January 23, 2015 participants from Bethel’s latest Advanced Manufacturing Program (AMT) class graduated with the credentials and experience needed to prepare them for a rewarding new career.

Bethel operates the AMT program for West Side residents with classes covering academic skills, employment readiness training, and three weeks of introduction to manufacturing training before additional hard skills training in advanced manufacturing.

Over a 16-week period, participants also earn two high-demand CNC credentials in lathe and mill, and also acquire the necessary National Institute of Metal-

 

working Skills (NIMS) certifications. With these credentials and access to manufacturers who are looking to hire these individuals, Bethel and its training partner Technology Manufacturing Aligned are positioning a whole new generation of highly qualified manufacturing professionals that will be able to make a positive economic impact on the West Side.

For more information on the AMT Program, Click here.

WEST SIDE FORWARD> WEB SITE GETS A NEW LOOK


Bethel New Life is embarking on an ambitious "expedition" to transform Chicago’s West Side by alleviating concentrated poverty within the community through a newly launched effort called West Side Forward>. West Side Forward> now serves as the framework around which all of Bethel’s programs and activities are centered. We believe that by making smart,strategic, sustainable investments we can move an entire community out of poverty.

Based on our thirty-five years of experience and decades of poverty research, we know that making investments in education and community economic development will be most likely to create transformative results.

 

In support of this effort, we recently launched an updated version of our West Side Forward> web site. This site will serve as a database of information, stats and profiles on organizations and individuals that are working together with Bethel to reduce poverty on the West Side.

For more information on WSF and to view our new site, Click here.

BETHEL’S CEO SPEAKS ON PANEL AT LUTHERAN SERVICES IN AMERICA CEO ACADEMY


Bethel’s President & CEO, Lori Vallelunga, recently spoke on a panel during the CEO Academy hosted by Lutheran Services of America. The event was held from February 1 - 4, 2015 in Safety Harbor Florida.

Each year, the CEO Academy gathers the chief executives of Lutheran social ministry organizations from around the country for candid discussions, takeaways, camaraderie and ongoing reliable support - all wrapped in a trusted environment of faith and mission.

During the panel, Dr. Valleunga and other CEOs spoke on leadership and leading nonprofit organizations, as well as the challenges of transforming organizations.

 

Dr. Lori Vallelunga speaks on leadership at Lutheran Services in America’s CEO Academy.

For more information on Lutheran Services in America, Click here.

ETP Matching Donations

Are you interested in Donating to the Entrepreneurship Training Program (ETP)? Bethel New Life has a tremendous opportunity to have up to $50,000 in donations to the ETP matched by one of our generous donors. Help us reach this number and raise $100,000 to support emerging entrepreneurs on Chicago’s West Side.