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Community Collaboration Leads to Inclusive Job-Readiness Curriculum

The AIM Institute, whose mission is to build a strong and diverse tech community, partnered with the Council Bluffs Area Chamber of Commerce, Iowa Western Community College and Centro Latino of Iowa to develop a new job-readiness program centered around promoting diversity, equity and inclusion in the local tech industry.

The CB Tech Career Acceleration program, beginning March 14, was made possible in part by a $50,000 grant from Google. Aimed at supporting underemployed individuals, participants can develop career skills that could help them land lucrative jobs in the area’s growing tech sector.


The program will cover over 100 hours of content, including AIM’s 10-week Foundations of Web Development curriculum. With a specific focus on attaining participants from the Latino community, which accounts for more than 10% of the Council Bluffs population, the program will provide ESL instruction for those who need it. as an additional tool as they enter the workforce.


“This program will help participants develop skills needed for opportunities that can change the trajectory of their lives,” said Itzel Lopez, VP of Advancement and Community Relations for AIM. “Each organization present in this collaboration brings resources and expertise that will benefit participants and support the long-term goals of the business community in Council Bluffs.” For more information, visit www.councilbluffsiowa.com. AIM Institute is a valued client of Lukas Partners.

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