Institute Rolls Out Accredited Programs Toward High-Paying, In-Demand Jobs

INTREN CEO Kelly Tomblin speaks as a guest lecturer at the National Latino Education Institute. Tomblin is slated as the keynote speaker for the institute's 47th Annual Dinner and Silent Auction on June 11.
INTREN CEO Kelly Tomblin speaks as a guest lecturer at the National Latino Education Institute. Tomblin is slated as the keynote speaker for the institute's 47th Annual Dinner and Silent Auction on June 11.
Published May 10, 2019

Economic independence for its students and community lies at the crux of the mission of the National Latino Education Institute, said Executive Director Elba Aranda-Suh. Its method? "Create a pipeline to the trades world" to enable great careers for workers while supplying a desperately needed workforce to rapidly growing industries, she said.

"This is a very viable and fruitful career," she said. "There are really great jobs that don't require a four-year degree, but training in between."

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Crime Reports, CAPS Detail Sex Assault, Neighborhood Crime Updates

Carol Adams presents the new Chicago Works App at the April 2019 meeting for Beat 912 of the Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy with the support of CAPS Officer Jason Sollis and Beat 912 Facilitator Glenn Young.
Carol Adams presents the new Chicago Works App at the April 2019 meeting for Beat 912 of the Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy with the support of CAPS Officer Jason Sollis and Beat 912 Facilitator Glenn Young.
Published May 7, 2019

Police have arrested the alleged perpetrator of an April 8, 2019, sex assault on a teenage girl at West 36th Street and South Western Avenue. According to Chicago Police Department statements, Ivan Villegas, 26, is charged with aggravated criminal sexual abuse of a minor after grabbing the 16-year-old and forcing his hand down her shirt.

Police officers at the April 10 meeting of the Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy (CAPS) for Beat 912 noted the presence of surveillance footage as helpful for the investigation, having recorded the offender on a "pod" camera. Police arrested Villegas, who lives in the West Elsdon neighborhood southwest of McKinley Park, on Tuesday, April 16.

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Music Performances Top Neighborhood Events This Week in McKinley Park

Young artists show their work at a past show at Bethany Baptist Church: The McKinley Park Youth Recital and Art Show is coming up this Wednesday, May 8.
Young artists show their work at a past show at Bethany Baptist Church: The McKinley Park Youth Recital and Art Show is coming up this Wednesday, May 8.
Published May 6, 2019

A phalanx of great music shows lands in the McKinley Park neighborhood this week. On Thursday night, May 9, One City Tap hosts Chronophage, Twisted Flower and CB Radio Gorgeous Live: a blowout lineup of hard- and dark-rockin' groups that hearken back to classic punk, performing in a show you can find nowhere else in Chicago.

Marz Community Brewing Company brings accomplished indie and singer-songwriter sounds to its tap room on Saturday, May 11, for the Living Hour, Pool Holograph and Domestik Concert. Marz's standing Wednesday night music residency of Jazz on Marz with the Jazzeros again soothes listeners on May 8, and DJs King Hippo and Fanita Banana spin in the tap room, respectively, on Friday, May 10, and Saturday, May 11. 

For an all-ages music experience, check out the cute-as-buttons kids and talented young performers at the McKinley Park Youth Recital and Art Show on Wednesday, May 8, at Bethany Baptist Church. This annual event is rapidly becoming a neighborhood tradition.

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Step Out for Birding, Entertainment This Week in McKinley Park

Published April 29, 2019

The Birding Class: Observe Our Birds session on Saturday morning, May 4, brings ornithologists and birders to McKinley Park during our feathered friends' travel at the height of the migration season. Head to the park to observe migratory birds and participate in some "nature bathing," one in a series of four birding events this spring.

The yucks continue at the returning Yeast Party Comedy Night on Thursday, May 2, at Marz Community Brewing Company. Clare Austen-Smith again hosts top local and national comedy talent in a stand-up showcase in the tap room.

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Council Meeting Highlights Farmers Market Plans, Kids Park Map

The map of McKinley Park presented at the April 2019 meeting of the McKinley Park Advisory Council shows favorite park spots of the young children of the Velma Thomas Early Childhood Center.
The map of McKinley Park presented at the April 2019 meeting of the McKinley Park Advisory Council shows favorite park spots of the young children of the Velma Thomas Early Childhood Center.
Published April 25, 2019

The McKinley Park Advisory Council is gearing up for another jam-packed summer in McKinley Park, with planning for the seasonal Farmers Market taking a front seat at the council meeting on April 8.

"We are desperate for help," said member Dayna Calderon, who is spearheading much of the farmers market planning for the council. Their outreach includes solicitation of vendors and volunteers, plus new programs for supporting a paid, part-time market manager and a Friend of the Market initiative for local enterprises and non-government organizations.

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