Workforce Education and Innovation strengthens Omaha’s bilingual and Latino workforce through educational initiatives and on the job training.
By the Numbers
English as a Second Language (ESL)
Students learn to read, write, and communicate the English language through written, oral and situational experiences.
Students will learn to read and write in their native language, Spanish, through consistent practice in the classroom.
Computer and Media Literacy
Students will learn and expand on basic skills needed for the use of computers, smartphones, and other technology.
GED (General Education Diploma)
Students will learn and develop their reading, writing, and math skills in preparation for the GED exam.
Job Skills Workshops
Adult Education Students learn how to build a resumé, how to prepare for a job interview, and other professional development skills.
Students will refresh their knowledge on basic educational skills in preparation for the GED course.
U.S. Citizenship Education & Preparation
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.
Siembra Raíces (Growing Roots)
This summer program is an urban gardening internship that was developed in response to COVID-19. The program addresses two issues that arose from the pandemic – food insecurity and unemployment. Interns are offered a total immersion into food production, distribution, and project management.
Siembra Medios (Growing Media)
Multimedia is one of the quickest growing fields, and the Latino Center hosts an internship program where students can learn valuable skills through experience. Interns learn the ins and outs of social media, content production, videography, public relations, and other communications skills.
Siembra CarREras (Growing CarEErs)
The summer internship program places 30 Latino students in member businesses and organizations active in the Nebraska Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. It’s designed to expose students to different career paths and motivate them to continue education beyond high school. Professional development seminars will also help them further this goal.
Siembra Construcción (Growing Construction)
Interns focus on learning two things – English and Construction skills. The ultimate goal of the program is to build a talent pipeline to local construction companies.
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.
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