"Year Up is a year-long program," said executive director Alan Anderson. "We work with young adults ages 18-24 who have a high school diploma or GED and simply put, we take them from poverty to professional career in one year."
For the first six months, the program teaches professional skills. And through a partnership with Harold Washington College, students earn college credits in information technology. They spend the next six months working as a corporate intern. Accenture is one of fifteen area companies participating so far.
"What we like about Year Up is the fact that they are laser-focused on helping people get jobs," said Accenture Chicago managing director Michael Scimo.
And so is Accenture. Jose Felix interned at Accenture through Year Up and was hired full time in their IT department.
"My plan was to be in an environment like this," Felix said. "I think by joining Year Up, I was able to fast track that." Full article at ABC 7