Our workforce board has worked with employers to develop industry sector strategies that support career ladders within the region. These sector strategies help individuals with barriers to employment enter the labor market and obtain a clearer pathway for career advancement. They also support and strengthen employers 

Manufacturing

Kawasaki Motors, Garner Industries, and Instinct Pet Foods 

The American Job Center partners with Kawasaki Motors, Garner Industries, and Instinct Pet Foods to offer 10-week English Language Learner (ELL) classes provided by Lincoln Literacy (LL). The curriculum focuses on manufacturing and employer-specific vocabulary, allowing learners to develop English-language skills relevant to their individual worksites. This industry-specific approach is effective because it helps employees acquire the necessary language competency to effectively communicate and understand workplace instructions, safety protocols, and job-specific terminology. The AJC funded the classroom training that LL provided, and the employers funded the participants’ overtime wages and other program costs like the classroom and presentation media.

“At the end of our 1st cohort we had two of our Arabic speakers come to us and they were confident enough that they did not feel like they needed interpreters anymore.” – Logan Kreikemeier, Instinct Pet Food 

“Programs like this really help populations assimilate not only at work but outside of work, too, and that benefits the whole community.” – Bob Williams, Garner Industries 

“The biggest thing we have seen is just the increase in the level of confidence, the way they approach their coworkers and the way they approach their jobs. We are starting to see cross-cultural relationships form; it has been a very rewarding experience.” – Kevin Mattran, Kawasaki Motors 

Partner  

Award amount  

Expended  

Activity  

Number served  

Cost per participant  

Garner Industries 

$12,810.00

$12,810.00

Incumbent Worker 

23

 

$556.96 

Instinct Pet Foods  

$37,170.00 

$14,405.00 

Incumbent Worker  

23

$626.30

Kawasaki Motors 

$25,620.00

$25,770.00

Incumbent Worker 

45

 

$572.67 

Total  

$75,600.00 

$52,985.00

 

91*

$582.25 

*89 individuals were served as two students progressed from beginner to intermediate by attending two classes.


Lincoln Manufacturing Council  

The Manufacturing Tech program offered by the Lincoln Manufacturing Council (LMC) is a comprehensive initiative involving 15 local manufacturers who are actively seeking to hire individuals from the community. This program specifically targets individuals with no prior experience in manufacturing who are eager to learn and develop new skills. The program spans six weeks and covers a range of topics, including measurement techniques, reading work orders, and workplace protocols within the manufacturing industry. At the conclusion of the program, a career fair provides students with an opportunity to interview for potential positions. The class is free for accepted students, and attendance at all sessions is mandatory to earn the certificate and stipend. 

LMC was awarded American Rescue Funds from the City of Lincoln. As part of their program, the LMC collaborates with the AJC to offer supportive services for participants. These services can include assistance such as career counseling, job placement support, and access to resources that aid in the successful completion of the program. Additionally, LMC and the AJC can facilitate on-the-job training for participants. This entails providing wage reimbursements to employers who hire program graduates, incentivizing companies to hire and train individuals who have completed the LMC program. 

Healthcare

Tabitha

Tabitha Inc. and the American Job Center joined forces to address employment barriers and provide training opportunities for individuals interested in becoming certified nursing aides. The collaboration aimed to support individuals facing obstacles to employment, equipping them with the necessary skills to pursue a career as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA). 

Through this partnership, interested individuals were able to access a six week training program specifically designed for CNA licensure. The program covered essential knowledge and practical skills required for the role. Funding for a portion of the training costs was made available through the American Job Center, ensuring that financial barriers did not hinder participation. 

By providing this training opportunity, Tabitha Inc. and the American Job Center sought to empower individuals, increase their employability, and open doors to meaningful employment in the healthcare industry as certified nursing aides. 

 

Bryan Health

Bryan Health has received over $1 million in American Rescue Funds to support the training of 125 participants annually in Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) or Phlebotomy programs. They aim to co-enroll participants in American Job Center programs to provide additional services like childcare and transportation assistance. Bryan Health has also hosted 10-week English Language Learner (ELL) classes and digital literacy classes in collaboration with Lincoln Literacy, with industry-specific vocabulary. The AJC funded the Lincoln Literacy classroom training, while Bryan Health covered overtime wages and program costs. These efforts highlight a commitment to support individuals in gaining healthcare skills and English language proficiency, contributing to an inclusive workforce and improved employment opportunities in the healthcare sector. 

“We see it as an investment in our employees and they really love it.” – Summer Erickson, Bryan Health

 

Partner  

Award amount  

Expended  

Activity  

Number served  

Cost per participant  

Bryan Health 

$18,000.00 

$18,000.00 

Incumbent Worker 

32** 

 

$562.50 

Tabitha  

$13,280.00 

$13,280.00 

Customized Training  

20 

$664.00 

Total  

$31,280.00 

$31,280.00 

 

52 

$601.54 

**28 individuals were served as four students progressed from beginner to intermediate by attending two classes.  

Information Technology

Reboot Camp

Five Nine’s Reboot Camp is a seven-week training program designed to assist individuals in transitioning into careers in the IT field. The program caters to individuals who lack IT skills but have a strong desire to pursue a career in the IT industry. Participants have the flexibility to choose between attending the training online or traveling to Five Nine’s office. The training curriculum includes comprehensive support desk skills training. Participants engage in job shadowing experiences and gain hands-on experience through computer builds. Upon successful completion of the Reboot Camp, all participants are provided with the opportunity to secure full-time employment at Five Nines. The American Job Center plays a crucial role in funding the Reboot Camp program, covering half of the program’s cost. The partnership between the American Job Center and Five Nines ensures that the program can be made accessible to individuals seeking IT career training. 

 

Partner  

Award amount  

Expended  

Activity  

Number served  

Cost per participant  

Five Nines 

$39,600.00

$39,600.00

Customized Training

10

 

$3,960.00

 

Google Career Certificate 

The Center for People in Need has been granted nearly $600,000 to facilitate the training of forty students annually in the Google Career Certificate Program from the City of Lincoln American Rescue Plan funds. This program offers free educational opportunities to individuals seeking to transition into entry-level tech jobs. The curriculum, developed by Google, requires less than ten hours of self-paced learning per week over a four-to-six-month period. The program offers certifications in Data Analytics, IT Support, Project Management, and User Experience Design. 

Participants in the program have access to various educational supports, including enrollment into the adult program at the American Job Center to receive supportive services, enhance job-search skills, and career guidance.  

Entrepreneurship

ECHO Collective

The Refinery program, provided by ECHO Collective, supports refugee and immigrant entrepreneurs in establishing successful businesses in Nebraska. Participants receive four months of entrepreneurship studies and industry-specific mentoring from local businesswomen. They are also co-enrolled in the adult program of the American Job Center, which offers additional resources and pays for the tuition of the program.  

The partnership between the Refinery program and the AJC has been recognized as a promising practice by the United States Department of Labor in 2023, showcasing the success of this collaboration in empowering entrepreneurs and promoting economic integration for individuals from diverse backgrounds. 

Activity  

Summer 23 

Summer 22 

Summer 21 

Work Experience  

11 

10 

8 

Helping Individuals with Disabilities  

The Ticket to Work Program, offered through the American Job Center, is an invaluable initiative designed to provide comprehensive support to individuals receiving disability benefits. Our program is committed to assisting participants on their journey towards employment and self-sufficiency. By equipping them with the necessary resources and services, we aim to help them overcome barriers and achieve their employment goals, ultimately fostering economic independence and improving their overall quality of life. 

Promoting Inclusivity and Equal Opportunities: 

In line with our commitment to inclusivity and equal opportunities, the Ticket to Work Program actively works to eliminate the stigma associated with disabilities in the workplace. We collaborate with employers to create a supportive and accommodating environment that encourages diversity and values the contributions of individuals with disabilities. By fostering inclusive workplaces, we strive to enhance the overall employment landscape for our participants. 

Success and Impact: 

We are proud to share that the Ticket to Work Program has made significant strides in its mission to support individuals with disabilities. To date, we have successfully served 43 job seekers, with 21 of them achieving successful employment. These numbers demonstrate the effectiveness of our program in connecting participants with meaningful employment opportunities and facilitating their journey towards self-sufficiency. 

Young Adult Initiatives  

Mayor’s Youth Employment Program  

The Mayor’s Youth Employment Program, supported by the Youth Employment Support Services from the American Job Center, offers paid summer internships to youth aged 16-20. Participants are placed in various City of Lincoln agencies, receiving training, career support, and leadership development opportunities. The program provides a wage of $15 per hour and a $200 completion bonus. Attendance and meeting work hour requirements are expected. The program encompasses different city agencies including the City Clerk’s Office, Finance Department, Parks and Recreation, Lincoln Transportation and Utilities, Information Services, Lincoln City Libraries, and Lincoln Water System, allowing interns to gain valuable experience and explore career options. A participant from the previous year leads and coordinates the program for the following year, fostering mentorship and continuity. 

Activity  

Summer 23 

Summer 22 

Summer 21 

Work Experience  

11 

10 

8 

 

Gap Year at the Bay  

The American Job Center has collaborated with The Bay/Rabble Mill to provide support for their Gap Year Program. This initiative is designed to assist young adults in exploring career options after high school, helping them either enter the workforce or continue their education. Participants in the program engage in work experiences that are funded by the American Job Center, allowing them to build their resume/portfolio. They will also visit companies, visit college campuses, practice interviews, attend career fairs, and are paired with a mentor to guide them in their career exploration. 

As most of the students are enrolled in the Youth Employment Support Services program, the American Job Center has assigned a career planner to assist the Gap Year students on-site throughout their journey. This partnership aims to provide comprehensive support to young adults as they navigate their post-high school options and make informed decisions about their future careers and education. 

Co-enrolled  

PY22 

YESS Program 

13 


Lancaster County Youth Summer Internship Program 

The Lancaster County Youth Summer Internship Program, supported by the Youth Employment Support Services, is an initiative that promotes workforce and business development in Lancaster County. It provides job training opportunities for youth facing employment barriers. Participants work in County agencies including Administrative Services, Clerk of the District Court, Emergency Management, and Human Services, receive career guidance, and engage in leadership development activities. They earn $15 per hour and receive a $200 completion bonus. It is open to individuals aged 16-20 and offers valuable experience, skill development, and resume building. It provides an opportunity to explore career paths and contribute to the community while earning compensation. 

Activity  

Summer 23 

Work Experience  

8 


Career Pathways  

In collaboration with Southeast Community College and the Lincoln Chamber of Commerce, the local area has established Career Pathways in key sectors, including Information Technology, Agriculture, Healthcare, and Manufacturing. The current pathways are posted here. This group has been working directly with employers in manufacturing and healthcare to revise and enhance these pathways for PY23 

The local area has also been participating in the state lead initiative to build career pathways.