In 2019, a group of local community leaders formed the Berks Latino Workforce Development Corporation. Designed to help support Latinos in entering and succeeding in the workforce, the organization will focus on education and job training, financial literacy and job related skills to help Latinos and others in achieving greater economic wealth. The corporation is patterned after an organization in Lancaster that has been helping Latinos in that community since 2014. Tec Centro helps provide needed work skills, job placement assistance and bilingual skills.
The BLWFC will serve as a platform to bring together local businesses, government, education and non-profit leaders to support marginalized members of the Latino community. They will offer bilingual adult education programs to help members of the community earn their GED and gain the practical skills they will need to succeed in the workplace. In addition, the corporation will assist entrepreneurs develop and launch their businesses in collaboration with other local providers.
Tec Centro serves as a great model for Reading. The goal that Tec Centro has established is to “help a population that often stays on the margin of the workforce because of cultural and language barriers>”
Learn more at our Community Forum on September 17th. Our presenters will include Karen Rightmire, the President of the Wyomissing Foundation, which invested $450,000 to launch the BLWFC; Jonathan Encarnacion, a local community leader, who serves as the Chair of the Corporation Board; and Darleen Garcia, the first Executive Director of the Corporation, who has been charged with bringing the operation to life. They will be joined by Carlos Graupera, the former Executive Director of Lancaster’s Spanish American Civic Association and the founder of Tec Centro.
Learn about Berks Tec Centro
Join us via Zoom on September 17th at 11:30.
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