CAREER DEVELOPMENT


Photo credit: Allison Wong, KCRG / KCRG

CAREER DEVELOPMENT

AT THE DUBUQUE DREAM CENTER

During Summer 2019 …

… in partnership with Dr. Ed (Pat) Alt, Dubuque Works, and Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC), the Dubuque Dream Center piloted the Career Development Program.

The Goal. To focus on the future to impact generational poverty by developing the future workforce.

In the program, students gain training and employment experience, while also focusing on individual career assessment, soft skill development, and job- and career-readiness training.

The Results. In the first year, twenty (20) students enrolled in our Youth Career Development Program, with 16 students graduating and receiving a Certificate of Training from NICC. [During this time students worked on a shed project that was featured in various media (Telegraph Herald, KCRG read KCRG article ―and KWWL).]


Work ethic is important because, unlike intelligence, athleticism, charisma, or any other natural attribute, it's a choice."

/ Mike Rowe

Television Host: Somebody's Gotta Do It, Dirty Jobs, Returning the Favor


In 2020 …

… the Dubuque Dream Center had eleven (11) students enrolled in its Youth Career Development Program. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the students enrolled in the Program faced the challenges and adversity presented by the pandemic by showing up to work each day on time and eagerly learning new skills.

On August 7, they graduated! Students were also evaluated on the following soft skills:

  • accountability,
  • attendance,
  • punctuality,
  • communication skills,
  • work ethnic, and
  • more.

IMPACTING YOUTH . STRENGTHENING FAMILIES . BUILDING COMMUNITY

"The Gospel According to Mike"

Some wise career advice along with an inspiring spiritual message delivered by Father Phil Gibbs at the Church of the Resurrection in Dubuque, Iowa, on Christmas Eve 2020. [Duration: 12:02]

The strength of God-given talents.

The importance of dirty jobs.

On following opportunity, not passion: "Never follow your passion but always bring it with you."