Career Steps, a job training program, offers Tennessee residents computer training and help with developing a resume.
In 2007, Tennessee welfare recipients became subject to strict federal guidelines that limited their welfare eligibility and required them to work or take part in activities that would lead to full-time employment. A new mandate set a lifetime maximum of 60 months of public assistance. To help unemployed welfare recipients make the transition back to work, the state’s Department of Human Services turned to SEEDCO, a national nonprofit with extensive experience in developing and overseeing welfare-to-work programs.
One of the program's SEEDCO administers is Career Steps, a performance-based workforce development program that provides job training, placement services and ongoing support for Shelby County residents transitioning from public assistance to economic self-sufficiency.
Career Steps is a joint venture between SEEDCO, the Tennessee Department of Human Services, United Way of the Mid-South and local nonprofit agencies. “We use practical, effective strategies to address the challenges confronting individuals who are struggling to leave poverty and achieve economic progress,” said Sondra Howell, career development manager of SEEDCO.
The program's primary objectives are to help unemployed or underemployed public assistance recipients become economically self-sufficient and to work with Memphis regional employers to meet their employment needs and strengthen the local economy. The Career Steps program assists thousands of Shelby County residents in gaining the necessary skills needed to be successful in the workplace.
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