Governor David Heineman and other dignitaries will break ground on renovations to the Hope Center for Kids building at 2200 North 20th Street.  The additions and changes will create spaces to bring together the new Employment Academy with the Learning Academy.

Building on the Hope Center for Kids’ success educating Omaha’s inner city youth through high school, the employment academy will provide real-life job search and employability training.  The new classrooms will offer such courses as: how to complete a job application, assemble a resume, interview for a position and act as a responsible employee.

Deb Johnson, Hope Center for Kids Operations Director, will oversee the program, which is designed to be completed in two years.  The program will include classroom training, business mentoring and practical skill application.  Career planning will also be a component, to provide youth with the vision and goals to achieve future success.

The Hope Center for Kids faithfully inspires hope in youth and children in the inner city through education, employment, collaboration and faith.

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