The Second Chance program is designed to help residents of Chicago facing barriers to employment, including homelessness, nonviolent criminal records, or a history of substance abuse. Second Chance is a twelve month program in which participants clean buses and trains while receiving job training from the CTA.  The program serves over 250 participants at a time.  Recently, Second Chance receives a $750,000 FTA grant to add more training, including both maintenance and operations career tracks as well as individualized career coaching. CTA has partnered with City Colleges of Chicago to offer courses in subjects such as customer service and basic mechanical skills, and also offers a CDL permit course in which the CDL exam is fully paid for by the agency.


Ms. Geisha Ester, Director, Training and Professional Development

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