Xchange Chicago, a new nonprofit formed by Comer Education Campus, launches a first-of-its-kind, inclusive tech training and jobs center in the Greater Grand Crossing neighborhood on Chicago’s South Side.
Xchange is a collaboration between Comer, P33 Chicago, and neighborhood anchor organizations, that aims to capitalize on Chicago's regional tech assets and the economic potential of the area to bring higher paying tech jobs into the community. Xchange will drive a more inclusive economy with workforce solutions while creating tech business hubs in partnership with local communities. It will also leverage apprenticeship models with wrap-around services to create sustainable career pathways. Comer’s plan is to develop Xchange Grand Crossing, a vibrant technology and innovation hub, that will train and create new jobs for South Side residents.
Xchange has launched training programs and is already hiring for new apprenticeship roles set to begin in January. Local community leaders are driving recruiting efforts to prioritize candidates living in the neighborhoods in and around Grand Crossing. Xchange also has plans to open a café and commercial kitchen led and operated by local entrepreneurs, building upon Comer’s existing robust culinary and urban agriculture programs.
Read the latest Block Club Chicago article about Xchange Chicago: