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Employment & Training Department


Providing counseling and placement services to those seeking work...

  • The Community Employment Program helps with interview techniques, employment counseling and job placement, and its Year-Round Youth Employment Services address the particular needs of youth.
  • The Community Technology Center is a free resource where people may access job information online and prepare materials.
  • Title V – Senior Community Service Employment Program fosters and promotes part-time opportunities in community services activities for unemployed low-income older adults who are age 55 or above and who have poor employment prospects. Through paid part-time job placement in community or government organizations, seniors will upgrade their job skills and transition to unsubsidized jobs in public or private sectors to become economically self-sufficient.
  • WIA High School Youth Program (Workforce Investment Act) is a special youth service under the Employment and Training Department of CASL. The ultimate goal of this service is to ensure all the students between the age of 14 and 18 will successfully complete their high school and continue on to college or be engaged in a steady job. In addition to academic and educational enhancement activities, such as homework supervision and tutoring classes, and ACT prep classes, we also provide computer training classes, ESL training classes, job shadowing, leadership skills training, voluntary service opportunities, apprenticeship and youth internship programs by collaborating with the After School Matters Program throughout the school year and summer holidays to the youth participants. Our signature program includes the Peer Jury Program, which is a monthly community service project in collaboration with the Chicago Police Department involving a group of dedicated young volunteers to render their mentoring service for the young offenders so as to help them get back to the right track.  
  • The Chef Training Program is a 16-week course that trains students in continental cuisine and places graduates at Chicago’s fine restaurants, hotels and catering services. This program is free for qualified residents of the City of Chicago; non-residents are also encouraged to apply.

We are currently accepting students for the next session of our Chef Training Program, starting 12/18/14 - 1/02/15. Head Start English for this session from 1/05/15 - 4/24/15. For more information and to enroll, please see the following materials:

Chef Training Program Catalog

Chef Training Program Application Form