Michael Barlow Center / Training Programs

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Employment Preparation Training

The Michael Barlow Center offers a number of training programs and resources which will enable participants to increase their likelihood of obtaining jobs with sustainable wages and benefits. All participants begin their relationship with the Michael Barlow Center by completing the Road to Success (RTS) program. RTS guides participants in communicating with co-workers, supervisors, and hiring managers. Other segments of the program help participants identify the soft and technical skills they possess. RTS is capped by mock interviews conducted with business managers.

Skills Training

The Michael Barlow Center currently offers two skills training programs. Building Maintenance is offered three to four times per year and Basic Culinary Skills is offered three times per year. Each session can accommodate approximately 15 students. Both of these programs are designed to reintroduce participants into the workforce as soon as possible.

  • Building Maintenance: This 10-week training program prepares individuals for entry-level positions in building maintenance, construction, and related fields.
  • Basic Culinary Skills: This is eleven-week, 220-hour program prepares individuals for entry level positions in the food service industry.

Both classes are approved by the Division of Private Business and Vocational Schools of Illinois Board of Higher Education. For more information or to file a complaint or grievance, contact the Illinois Board of Higher Education at http://complaints.ibhe.org (accessible through the agency’s homepage www.ibhe.org) or at the Illinois Board of Higher Education at 1 North Old State Capitol Plaza, #333, Springfield, IL 62701-1377.
Phone: 217-782-2551 — Fax: 217-782-8546 — TTY: 888-261-2881

Grievance Procedure

A Grievance Procedure is in place at the Michael Barlow Center of St. Leonard’s Ministries to give students the opportunity to seek administrative review in any matter when a student believes they have been treated inappropriately or unfairly.
1. If a student has a matter they believe needs to be addressed, the student should first meet with the staff personal who has responsibility for the matter and seek an informal resolution.
2. If the student believes the matter is still unresolved and wants a formal resolution, the student can obtain a grievance form from the main office of the Michael Barlow Center. The student should complete the form and return in to the main office.
3. The Office Manager will accept the form from the student and record it in the Grievance Log. The Office Manager shall also initial and the date the grievance, make a copy, and give the copy to the student, which shall serve as the receipt for the student.
4. The Office Manager shall give the grievance to the Director of the Michael Barlow Center. The Director shall investigate the matter raised in the grievance, take action on the matter as necessary, and provide the student with a written response as soon as feasible.
5. The Office Manager shall maintain a file with a copy of every grievance.
6. Complaints may be registered at the address below:
Illinois Board of Higher Education
http://complaints.ibhe.org accessible through the agency’s website at www.ibhe.org
or by mail:
Illinois Board of Higher Education
1 North Old State Capital Plaza #333
Springfield, IL 62701-1377

Lynne Cunningham
Director, Michael Barlow Center

Computer Lab

The Michael Barlow Center has an 18-station computer lab with internet and email capabilities to assist participants in finding job openings, preparing resumes, and completing applications on line. On a continuing basis, formal classes are offered to teach basic computer skills, including Hardware & Windows; Internet & Email; MS Word; Excel and Advanced Word.

The Michael Barlow Center announces the following vocational skills courses for St. Leonard’s Ministries participants for the 2014-2015 School Year.

St. Leonard’s Ministries Michael Barlow Center Courses Catalog

Location: All classes take place at the Michael Barlow Center.

Philosophy & Mission:
The Michael Barlow Center is designed to meet the short and long-term employment needs of formerly incarcerated men and women.

BASIC CULINARY SKILLS – 220 HOURS
This is a basic culinary skills program that includes food service sanitation, cooking methods, and customer service training. The delivery method is in-residence with a hands-on work emphasis. Graduates are qualified for prep cook, line cook, kitchen assistant and dietary aide positions.

Students are introduced to work in different areas of food preparation: soups, salads, desserts, entrees and sandwiches. Students participate in a week-long class on food safety and sanitation which will lead to the test for the Illinois and Chicago sanitation licenses. Classroom instruction subjects also include customer service ,job readiness, job search and retention skills. Upon graduation, students are eligible for job placement assistance.

Prerequisites:
1) Admission is limited to formerly incarcerated individuals;
2) 6th grade math and reading level.
3)Successful completion of either Road to Success or Employment Preparation Training.
Advanced Standing: There is no advanced standing.
Grading System: Pass/Fail
Criteria for student progress: Instructor tracks students’ progress and provides ongoing feedback to the student at least weekly. Students are evaluated on participation, comprehension and attendance. Written quizzes are used but primary evaluation is based on the quality of student work products.

GREEN BUILDING MAINTENANCE – 150 HOURS

The Green Building Maintenance Skills Class provides instruction covering building trade skills. Delivery method is in-residence. Graduates are prepared to enter construction, industrial and manufacturing jobs, building maintenance and janitorial positions in industrial, commercial or residential settings.

Green technology is the focus of all components. Classroom training includes workplace safety, basic math, precision measurement using a variety of instruments; job readiness, job search and retention skills. Hands-on training includes: workplace safety, hand and power tool use; carpentry skills including building walls, framing doors and windows, drywall; basic plumbing, heating, ventilation, and electrical systems installation, trouble-shooting and repair. . Upon graduation, students are eligible for job placement assistance.

Prerequisites:
1) Admission is limited to formerly incarcerated individuals;
2) 6th grade math and reading level.
Advanced Standing: There is no advanced standing.
Grading System: Pass/Fail
Criteria of Student Progress: Instructor tracks student progress and provides ongoing feedback to the student at least weekly. Students are evaluated on participation, comprehension and attendance. Written quizzes are used but primary evaluation is based on the quality of student work products.

COMPUTER TECHNOLOGY CENTER

This individualized instruction opportunity is designed to assist students with any level of computer skills. Students with no skills will be assisted as they begin to acquire a comfort level with the computer. Individuals with basic skills who need to increase their skills will be given specialized attention. Program participants who need to acquire a specific set of skills for a particular employment setting will also be assisted in meeting these goals.

Prerequisite: None
Time: The computer lab is open Monday through Friday, 9am to 5pm.

SR. JEAN HUGHES ADULT HIGH SCHOOL – 200 hours
This semester course leads to a high school diploma. The program is designed for students with two years of high school credit and sufficient life experience to create a full year of alternative learning credits. The intense semester of formal classes is equivalent to one’s senior year in high school. MBC collaborates with a cadre of administrators and teachers from schools including Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago and Regina Dominican High School in Wilmette, Illinois, among others.

Prerequisite: Two years of high school credit
Dates: Fall semester begins in September and Spring semester begins in Januar.
Time: Monday through Thursday, 6:00 pm to 9:15 pm.
ROAD TO SUCCESS – 24 HOURS

This class is the introduction to the services and training programs of the Michael Barlow Center. The class prepared students for successful job search and retention. The course covers topics including resume preparation, mock interviews, personal presentation, and conflict management.
Prerequisite: None
Dates: Offered prior to the start of vocational training classes.
Time: Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 4:30 pm.

CERTIFICATE OF APPROVAL TO OPERATE ISSUED BY THE DIVISION OF PRIVATE AND BUSINESS AND VOCATIONAL SCHOOLS OF THE ILLINOIS BOARD OF HIGHER EDUCATION

Administrative Office and Teaching Location:
2120 Warren Blvd., Chicago Illinois 60612
(312) 226-6270

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Costs and Fees
All courses are offered at no cost to the student.

Equipment and Material
All equipment and materials needed for the training are provided to the student at no cost.

Student Policies/Conduct and Attendance Policies
MBC is a drug-free setting; use of drugs/alcohol is prohibited; students are subject to random drug testing.
Students must be present and on time for scheduled training.
Students must sign in/out as they enter/exit the building.
Students must wear all safety equipment as directed by the instructor.
Students must participate in classroom activities, completing all homework assignments on time.
Students must turn off all electrical devices when entering the building.
Students must dress appropriately for class.
Students may not bring food or drink into the building.
Students must work with MBC Job Developer to find employment.

Holidays
MBC observes these holidays:
Labor Day,
Thanksgiving Day,
Christmas Day,
New Year’s Day
Martin Luther King Observance,
Presidents’ Day,
Memorial Day
Independence Day.

Transcripts
Transcripts and copies of Completion Certificates can be obtained at the MBC Main Office.

Student Services
Clothing, transportation assistance and food are available based on need.
Counseling services are available to all students.
Job placement services are available to all students. (See Placement Services)
All equipment and materials needed for training are provided to students at no cost.
Computer Lab and basic computer training are available to all students. (See Computer Technology Center)

Placement Services
A full-time Employment & Retention Specialist is available to assist students with job placement. All students are expected to meet with the Specialist, prepare a resume, and begin the search before the completion of their training programs.

Complaint Procedure
A student should first attempt to resolve any complaint informally by discussing the matter with an appropriate staff member. If resolution is not achieved, the student may file a formal, written complaint with the Director of the Michael Barlow Center. The complaint forms are available in the MBC Main Office.

Any complaints related to the Michael Barlow Center may be submitted to the Illinois Board of Higher Education
http://complaints.ibhe.org accessible through its website:
www.ibhe.org

Illinois Board of Higher Education
1 North Old State Capitol Plaza #333
Springfield, IL 62701-1377
Phone: 212-782-2551
Fax: 212-782-8548
TTY: 888-261-2881