Progress Forward Report.

Progress Report Timeline

Progress Report: Expectations by October 2024

Outreach and Recruitment

  • The team will host three one-hour information sessions in the community, providing refreshments, distributing flyers, and presenting details about the program.
  • Email addresses of attendees will be collected, and they will be encouraged to apply online.

Application and Interview Process

  • The team expects to receive 54 online applications.
  • 44 interviews will be conducted over two weeks, with each interview lasting 20 minutes, followed by a 10-minute evaluation by a 2-3 person interview team.

Selection and Program Completion

  • 22 entrepreneurs will be selected for the inaugural class.
  • It is anticipated that 20 students will complete the 8-week program and receive a graduation certificate by October 2024.

Steps to Achieve Long-term Goals

Technical Training and Certification

Provide technical training and certification opportunities aligned with local employment prospects.

Employment Facilitation

Establish partnerships with local employers to facilitate job placements for program graduates.

Affordable Housing

Collaborate with housing authorities or developers to secure affordable housing options for participants.

Apprenticeship Program

Implement an apprenticeship program that integrates on-the-job training with classroom instruction.

Ongoing Support

Offer ongoing support and resources to ensure long-term success and retention of participants.


By implementing these strategies, the CityLab Professional Advisory Team aims to achieve their ambitious goals of technical certification, permanent local employment, and permanent affordable housing for the inaugural class within 36 months of October 2024.

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