Workforce Support and Training Center Breaks Ground on Chicago’s West Side
The Westside Health Authority (WHA) and Austin Coming Together (ACT), joined by city officials and representatives from BMO and ITW, broke ground on the new ASPIRE Center for Workforce Innovation, located on Chicago’s West Side.
The ASPIRE Center is designed to be a one-stop shop for support services and career training and will house the Jane Addams Resource Corporation (JARC) and BMO. Both WHA and ACT plan to expand their core services at the Center. JARC will provide free training in manufacturing, welding and mechanical assembly. Holistic services in career development and financial services will also be available, while BMO will provide retail banking services.
The ASPIRE Center will be in the former CPS Emmett Elementary School at 5500 W. Madison St., shuttered in 2014. The building architect is Lamar Johnson Collaborative; general contractor is Sargent Blinderman; project management is through Project Management Advisors.