The planned 276,000-square-foot Parkside Center for Learning and Career Development, slated for ribbon cutting in late 2017 or early 2018, will integrate basic skills and literacy training, post-secondary education, workforce development programs and supportive services, all in one location in Ward 7. A FC2 priority, the innovative Center will provide District residents with vital services that promote high-quality, stable employment and careers.
FC2 is incubating and stabilizing the Center at this early stage. After successfully establishing the Center as a non-profit organization with the Internal Revenue Service, FC2 is now working with Georgetown University to establish a two-year community college-like program at the Center. Jean-Claude Brizard, former CEO of Chicago Public Schools and a fellow with the Aspen Institute, is serving as the Center’s Interim Executive Director.
The Center’s key benefit will be co-location, bringing together nonprofit tenants, service providers and the people they serve. It will house employer groups in growth sectors such as health, hospitality, IT and building and utility trades, and coordinate access to more than 30 programs spread across 12 different agencies that help residents obtain job skills and employment.