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Non-profits combine on job training
Urban League, Jacob's Ladder merge programs
Published Wednesday, September 26, 2012 1:45 am
by Herbert L. White

The Urban League of Central Carolinas  and Jacob's Ladder Job Center, Inc. are partners in job readiness programs and services.

The combination of nonprofit agencies expands their goal of helping low- and moderate-income participants with job training and skills, leaders of both agencies maintain. Final details are being worked out, but the goal is for the merged program to be implemented in January.

“This partnership is exciting and unites the visions and missions of these two organizations to serve more people in better ways,” Urban League CEO Patrick Graham said. “With greater resources, together we can help even more displaced and unemployed individuals realize their dream of earning a living wage.”

Jacob’s Ladder, which has a 70 percent participant hire rate, was on the verge of shutting down over the summer. Agency leaders said Jacob’s Ladder needed to raise $200,000 by Aug. 15 to maintain its core program at The Plaza open and avoid layoffs. More than $175,000 in pledges and donations have been made since.

“This is one of the first workforce program partnerships of its kind in the Charlotte area. We will be creating and building a new vision that can be modeled and expanded to other communities everywhere,” Jacob’s Ladder board member Charles Pfeiler said. “It’s very exciting and answers our community’s call for creating a robust collaboration to meet our community’s job-readiness needs.”

Said Jacob’s Ladder co-founder and board member Molly Dewey: “I am 100 percent behind this exciting new partnership. While the important one-on-one relationships between our volunteers and clients will remain intact, this is the next logical step for Jacob’s Ladder as we look to expand our services and reach more of our community.”


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