Nonprofit Collaboration of the Year: UMOS, Inc.

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Last updated on March 17th, 2020 at 01:35 pm

Through its forward-thinking training program TechHire, UMOS, Inc., has helped many Milwaukee area individuals with employment barriers secure employment in skilled trade fields.

In response to Milwaukee area manufacturers’ need for computer numerical control operators, UMOS began developing an accelerated training program in 2017, aiming to reduce recidivism among previously incarcerated individuals and offer them employment skills necessary to enter the workforce.

The organization has partnered with several local organizations and institutions, including the Milwaukee County House of Correction, Milwaukee Area Technical College and the state Department of Workforce Development, to provide individuals who are incarcerated or on parole or probation with GED/HSED instruction and a six-month CNC daily training program. Upon program completion, graduates receive a technical certificate and credentials.

All 12 TechHire program graduates have received full-time job offers, with hourly wages between $16 and $21. In the future, UMOS plans to extend the program to include Milwaukee-area women’s correctional facilities. 

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