Job training program "Joseph Project" marks milestone as 50th class graduates

NOW: Job training program “Joseph Project“ marks milestone as 50th class graduates


MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- A program that connects people with jobs in the area marks a milestone. 

On Monday morning Republican Senator Ron Johnson met with classes 49 and 50 of the faith-based job training program called the "Joseph Project" which included participants from the Milwaukee County House of Correction. Those who successfully complete the week-long session are guaranteed a job interview with companies looking to hire.

One graduate says she had drug problems for more than 30 years and kept going in and out of prison before the Joseph Project helped her get a job with John Deere. 

"The Joseph Project was probably my last chance and they gave me a chance. I had gotten turned away from so many different people because of my background and the Joseph Project took me in. And since then, my life has never been the same," said Joseph Project graduate Beth Hansen. 

The program now has about 400 graduates, 200 of which landed jobs at places like John Deere, Johnsonville, and Metal Tech. 

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