HAND UP!The Kalamazoo Deacons Conference (KDC) lifts up our community by providing the “hand up” needed with job skills training that empowers individuals to provide and sustain life’s basic provisions for themselves and their families. KDC is preparing to launch the Kalamazoo Development Center (KDC II) S.T.E.P (Skills, Training, Empowerment and Purpose) Job Skills Training program January 12, 2015. Each program is 13 weeks and provides an opportunity to those unemployed, underemployed and the never employed with skills and behaviors necessary for successful employment. The S.T.E.P. program seeks to equip program participants with certification in retail, computers and custodial services for the purpose of obtaining employment and building a broad range of skills that will help them succeed both professionally and personally. S.T.E.P. has four main objectives; they are to:
- Prepare individuals for work.
- Provide jobseekers with necessary pre-employment skills.
- Empower individuals for success.
- Promote job retention and advancement.
This national certification is an industry driven and endorsed credential that can help employers distinguish and recognize qualified customer service professionals, and help define career advancement opportunities for candidates.
Computer literacy is an increasingly important job skill to have. Some might argue that in today's society it's becoming an important life skill as well. KDC is an approved testing site where individuals can take the assessment and receive the Norhtstar Certificate for various computer related skills
KDC’s Custodial Technician Certification Program provides all the tools and skills needed to develop a successful Training Certification Program, providing individuals with the soft skills needed to prepare them for employment.