A state-of-the art career center for middle and high school youth in Beloit? You bet! Located in the Ironworks Corridor at 625 Third Street, Suite 200, Hendricks CareerTek engages youth in the Greater Beloit community in career exploration and hands-on learning opportunities designed to provide participants with valuable skills, insights and experiences that inform their career thinking and lead to future employment. Many of these opportunities directly complement skills in high demand by today’s local workforce, such as coding, healthcare, construction, trades, manufacturing and entrepreneurship.Core to the work of the Hendricks Family Foundation is the desire to inspire possibility and challenge the children of our community to dream big. Our partnership with the Stateline Boys & Girls Club to support the work of CareerTek in providing opportunities for youth to explore their interests and pursue their career pathway dreams is one example of that mission in action. But don’t just take our word for it:
“…From career exploration events and field trips to two scholarships, I am so thankful for everything CareerTek has given me over my high school career! This summer I will be graciously earning my CNA license through CareerTek’s CNA scholarship! I am excited to start working in the healthcare field, and without CareerTek, that wouldn’t have been possible. With the help of the CNA class as well as this scholarship, I will be attending Edgewood College this fall to study Medical Sciences with an emphasis in Diagnostic Medical Sonography. I am so grateful for this scholarship and all of the opportunities that I have been able to participate in through CareerTek. The experiences are incomparable, and I highly recommend getting involved with CareerTek!”
~ Elyssa, 2020 High School Graduate
CareerTek advances its mission to inspire tomorrow’s workforce to realize their career potential and goals; energize youth through experiential learning; bridge business to tomorrow’s workforce; and respond to present and future workforce needs through the following types of programs and activities:
- After-school programs like Girls Who Code, Scrubs (healthcare exploration) and Lego Mindstorm Robotics
- Career exploration and readiness activities like job shadows, youth apprenticeships, Craftsmen & Women with Character programming and participation in BizTank, a stimulating and interactive business exposure program
- Healthcare exploration and CNA education
- Summer hands-on learning academies focused on areas like engineering and construction, entrepreneurship, culinary, fire operations, police science and technology
- College application support
- Volunteer/Job board
Additionally, this fall, CareerTek introduced the ABC Supply Stadium virtual job shadow project, an opportunity for high school juniors and seniors to build their resume through hands-on learning about interviewing, shooting and editing virtual job shadow videos featuring careers ranging from architecture and estimating to HVAC and plumbing, all associated with the construction of the new stadium in Beloit. These virtual job shadow videos will be utilized by youth participating in general programming as part of their career exploration activities.
The Stateline Boys & Girls Club received a grant award of nearly $700,000 from the Hendricks Family Foundation to be used over 15 months in support of the Hendricks CareerTek program. The initiative addresses a key priority for the Foundation – education and career preparedness/pathways. The project support was granted as operating support for an existing project.