The JOBS Coalition is a nonprofit organization
that raises awareness and seeks solutions for the workforce
challenges facing the chronically unemployed, underemployed,
underserved and returning ex-offenders across Washington,
D.C. We also focus on vocational education as a promising
pathway for youth. By working with faith-based partners,
construction industry leaders and community-based organizations,
we inform hard-to-employ residents about the skills needed
for employment in the construction trades, and identify
available jobs and opportunities for training. Started in
2001, the JOBS Coalition continues to work towards strengthening
apprenticeship, training and job placement programs across
While raising awareness of employment
challenges and potential barriers to employment, the JOBS
Coalition and its members have combined their resources
and industry expertise to achieve the following results:
- Built the Bellevue Resource Center,
a program facility serving the hard-to-reach, hard to-employ,
and returning ex-offender populations. The Center was
completed on September 30, 2003.
- Guided the creation of the Academy of
Construction and Design at Cardozo, providing District
students with access, training and preparation for careers
in the construction industry and trades after graduation.
The Academy officially opened in September 2005.
- Hosted a series of issue forums including:
- A 2014 forum held ahead of the mid-term elections
focusing on the District’s marijuana legalization
- A 2012 clergy/business summit on workforce intermediaries
– businesses and the faith community working
together to address issues of unemployment in the
District of Columbia.
- A 2008 forum addressing employment challenges facing
- A 2005 citywide forum examining workforce equality
for local, small and disadvantaged businesses.
- A 2005 mayoral candidate forum focusing on effective
strategies and policies to strengthen workforce development
- A 2003 forum highlighting the need for vocational
education reform in the District.
- Testified before the D.C. Council in
2009 on ex-offender rights and strategies for successful
re-entry into their communities in the areas of housing,
education, healthcare, rehabilitation, job training and
- Developed in 2009 a task force of government
agencies, community and faith-based organizations, and
employers aimed at reducing employment challenges and
improving on-the-job performance for returning citizens.
- Unveiled in 2009 the “Accords
of Corporate, Civic and Faith-Based Responsibility in
the District of Columbia,” a collaborative effort
to improve vocational and technical training, and educational
opportunities for city residents.
- Testified in 2006 before the D.C. Council’s
Committee on Education to fast track appointments to the
Vocational Education Commission.
- Co-sponsored in 2004 an economic summit
led by the D.C. Chamber of Commerce on the state of business
in the District of Columbia.
- Hosted a series of two-day job forums/job
fairs since 2001 to help the hard-to-employ, including
returning ex-offenders, find job opportunities in the
will work together to develop a long-term strategy that
creates an environment where aspiring District residents
will have unprecedented opportunity to succeed. We strive
to create a fair and open system, supported by government,
industry, employers and the education and faith-based
communities, which seeks to properly train today’s
apprentices while making an unparalleled commitment
to educating students and others not yet in the workforce.