JPMorgan Chase has awarded $700,000 to Miami Dade College over the next two years to fund MDC-Career Connect, a workforce training program to help young South Floridians find jobs in the growing fields of logistics, trade and information tech. “We want more people to share in the benefits of a growing economy by creating sustainable paths to careers that lead to prosperity and wealth for more individuals,” said MDC alumnus and Hall of Fame inductee Guillermo G. Castillo, head of Chase Middle Market Banking in Miami. “Our partnership with Miami Dade College will help more youth gain the skills needed to access careers in the high-demand industries of information technology, trade and logistics.” The MDC-Career Connect initiative will provide fast-track training for up to 150 Miami- Dade County students between the ages of 16 and 24 each year. The demand for middle-skill jobs – which typically require more than just a high school diploma – has skyrocketed in recent years. These jobs are central to the county’s economy and will provide area youth with more opportunities to succeed. The jobs also represent an opportunity gap between the supply of trained workers and industry demand that could be filled by young people who cannot find steady work in the region. The unemployment rate for Miami residents ages 20 to 24 with low skills and no college education is 19.9 percent, compared with 9.5 percent for people of the same age bracket with some college education or an associate degree. – AP
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