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WORKFORCE
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Workforce Education and Innovation strengthens Omaha’s bilingual and Latino workforce through educational initiatives and on the job training.

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Siembra Nebraska (Growing Nebraska) interns hired in 2022

Adult Education

English Language Learning (ELL)

(Offered in English only with some support in Spanish) Students will develop their language skills in English through reading, writing, comprehension and conversation.

Basic Spanish Literacy

(Offered in Spanish only) Students will learn to read and write in their native language, Spanish, through consistent practice in the classroom.

Technology Basics

(Offered in Spanish only)Students will learn and/or expand on basic computer skills, internet use, with an introduction to Google Workspace and Microsoft Office.

GED (General Education Diploma)

(Offered in Spanish only)Students will refresh their knowledge on basic educational skills in preparation for the GED courses.

Pre-GED

(Offered in Spanish only) Students will refresh their knowledge on basic educational skills in preparation for the GED courses.

Workforce Prep Workshops

(May be offered in English and/or Spanish on a as-needed basis) Students learn how to build a resumé, how to apply for jobs online, how to prepare for job interviews, and other professional development skills.

U.S. Citizenship  Preparation

(Offered in English only) Students will learn and discuss topics that will appear on the civics portion of the Citizenship interview. They will also be exposed to a mock interview and be provided assistance with filling out their request form.

CONVERSATIONAL ENGLISH

Students will develop their language skills in English through lively dialogues, interactive exercises, and practical communication techniques.

CONVERSATIONAL SPANISH

Students will develop their language skills in Spanish through lively dialogues, interactive exercises, and practical communication techniques.

Siembra Nebraska

Applications for the 2024 Siembra Nebraska Internship Program have closed. Thank to everyone who applied, we will reach out to applicants regarding next steps. For questions contact the Siembra Nebraska team at siembrane@latinocenter.org.

Siembra cARERRAS (Growing Careers)

Embark on a transformative summer journey with our Siembra Carreras internship, designed to align your academic pursuits with real-world professional experiences. Interns gain hands-on experience in their chosen field of interest, working alongside leading organizations and businesses from the Nebraska Hispanic Chamber of Commerce that mirror their career aspirations. Concurrently, participating businesses gain the opportunity to guide emerging talents, fostering mentorship and shaping the industry’s future leaders.

Siembra Construcción (Growing construction)

Step into the dynamic world of construction and make a direct impact on community housing with the Siembra Construcción program. The program emphasizes affordable housing and home renovation projects. Interns develop their skills by working with construction professionals, gaining valuable, in-demand experience, and addressing community housing needs.

Siembra Medios (Growing Media)

Dive into the world of digital communication with our Siembra Medios internship! Interns work hand-in-hand with the communications team at the Latino Center of the Midlands to create impactful marketing materials. Interns gain hands-on experience in social media strategy, content creation, videography, and public relations.Siembra Raíces (Growing roots)

Siembra Raíces (Growing Roots)

Engage directly in environmental and agricultural sustainability with our Siembra Raíces internship. With a focus on environmental restoration, sustainability, and agricultural practices, interns are trained to conserve natural resources, engage with the agricultural community, and nurture urban green spaces. This program is designed to empower interns with practical skills and knowledge in environmental and agricultural fields.

Siembra Salud (Growing Health)

Dive into the heart of community health with our Siembra Salud internship! Interns work directly with the Siembra Salud team at the Latino Center of the Midlands, focused on health education and promotion. As an intern, you’ll play a crucial role in delivering health education and hands-on gardening experiences to food insecure community members. The program includes industry presentations, site visits, and insights into various public health careers. Successful completion of the internship offers a pathway to further training and certification as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA).

Success Stories

Aida and Octavio, my GED instructors haven’t just helped us as teachers. They push us to keep moving forward, and if we don’t understand them in a certain way they’ll explain it another way. They always connect with us regarding education and always keep us to push going.

Araceli de Santiago

Siembra Nebraska is really important. I’ve not only learned how to garden, but I’ve also learned a lot of useful skills like how to participate in a project, how to distribute food to our community, and I’ve also learned about food insecurity.

Andrew Genchi-Bello

The Latino Center has allowed me to continue learning how to read and write in Spanish because when I first arrived in the United States I didn’t know how to do so.

Jose Manuel Tadeo

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