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The ASPIRA Miguel del Valle Youth Development Center, in partnership with ComEd, offers two workforce development programs: Future Energy Jobs Act (FEJA) and CONSTRUCT.

CONSTRUCT Infrastructure Academy
CONSTRUCT Infrastructure Academy is an 11-week program offering participants the training, information, and guidance needed to compete for entry level jobs in construction and utility related fields. The program is FREE, in the evening, and open to all genders. Participants are introduced to a range of training for both field and office positions, including Rigging, Locator, Flagging, and Microsoft Office. They also have the opportunity to connect with representatives from a range of companies and Labor Unions in the field. The CAST Test, CDL Permit, and OSHA 10 Certification are all offered through the program. Once enrolled, mentors will offer job readiness and resume support, as well as assist with job placement after graduation.

WE ARE NOW ACCEPTING APPLICANTS for the CONSTRUCT Infrastructure Academy beginning February 2022!!!

ASPIRA is currently the only agency to offer the evening portion of the program. Applicants must be 18+ years of age and able to pass a drug test and background check. In seeking to connect minorities to the construction and utility industries, applicants must have a basic fluency of English in order to navigate training and testing.

This is a life-changing opportunity click on the link for the application —-> bit.ly/aspiraconstruct2022

Watch a video about CONSTRUCT Here!

Read more about CONSTRUCT Here!

The Future Energy Jobs Act (FEJA) program is offered to seniors at our ASPIRA Antonia Pantoja High School. The program operates as part of the school day schedule and offers graduation credits and a stipend. Participants in this program have the opportunity to take courses offered by St. Augustine College that are focused on electrical/solar skilled training and earn in-demand certifications such as NCCER Core Curriculum, NCCER Electrical Level 1, CPR/ First Aid and OSHA 10. Upon graduation, students continue to work with The Miguel Del Valle Youth Development Center to find opportunities in this new career path.


“If someone is willing to invest in themselves – whether they are just out of high school or looking for a career change – this program is great. They give you so many resources, and they help you no matter your situation. Through ASPIRA, we actually participated in the first night school class for the CONSTRUCT program, which really helped because we were able to take care of our grandpa during the day. I actually was recently hired by People’s Gas and am starting on Monday!”

-Claudia, CONSTRUCT participant

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