Bringing Workforce Development Resources to East Austin

March 22, 2011 at 9:18 am Leave a comment

Last Fall, Southwest Key Programs began construction on the Social Enterprise Complex at El Centro de Familia. This expansion of Southwest Key’s East Austin headquarters will incorporate a multitude of social entrepreneurship and workforce related activities.

Concrete is poured!

Concrete is poured! And, better yet, leveled!

The Southwest Key Social Enterprise Complex is a part of an ambitious neighborhood revitalization and community development effort, the East Austin Children’s Promise. This piece of the initiative’s overall goal is to offer people in East Austin with the jobs, skills training, and other workforce development that empowers them to build lives that allow them to better their families and community.

The frame for the Social Enterprise Complex is going up.

The frame for the Social Enterprise Complex is going up.

The complex will specifically host the expansion of our social enterprise, workforce development, and job skills training initiatives – including training in green jobs and construction. The addition of a three-story wing to Southwest Key’s current building will result in an additional 14,000 square feet of usable space that will house various business and social enterprise activities, offices for workforce development staff, a large community meeting center, job skills classrooms and training rooms, a computer technology learning room, and a career development center. The complex will truly be a community resource; it will be available for individuals to develop business enterprises, entrepreneurial endeavors, research employment opportunities, prepare resumes, and apply for jobs online. Ultimately the purpose of the Social Enterprise Complex is to create jobs.

This complex will assist in sustaining Southwest Key’s social enterprise companies, which help to support the nonprofit organization. And amenities and services will be available for public use as well as for use by collaborating partners. The effort has been recognized by The Meadows Foundation with a grant of $150,000 this year. The Meadows Foundation was established to support programs and services using innovative ways to solve community problems with projects that lead to self-sufficiency and enable non-profits to grow.

– Narissa Johnson
External Communications Manager
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Entry filed under: Community Empowerment, Community Resource, Govalle/Johnston Terrace Neighborhood, Social enterprise, Southwest Key Programs, Workforce Development.

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