Julieta Machado, program director for education and employment services at Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington, talks about workforce development and job training for people looking for jobs during and after the pandemic.
Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington recognized how the pandemic made it difficult for people to overcome socioeconomic barriers, especially for people of color and non-English speaking individuals. Catholic Charities responded by adapting its network of educational and training programs to the challenges created by the pandemic. Training and ESOL classes were offered online. Catholic Charities also collaborated with companies like Baker DC and Bank of America. The online classes have been so successful that they will continue to be part of Catholic Charities' programs. Catholic Charities also looks forward to working with other companies and organizations that want to help people find meaningful employment.