Welcome to Central States SER

Central States SER (SER) is a workforce development and education organization that believes in the potential of each and every individual.  Since our inception in 1987, SER has assisted thousands of marginalized and disadvantaged residents from across the City of Chicago and suburban Cook County in achieving their career and academic goals through quality employment, education and training programs.  We help some of the hardest-to-reach youth and adults – people trying to improve their lives but who are at risk of slipping through the cracks.  At SER we do everything it takes to help our customers succeed.


Illinois operations are part of the Unified SER Family. SER's parent company is SER Metro Detroit, which has subsidiaries in Illinois, Pennsylvania and Texas. The Illinois Operations has two entities, Central States SER , Jobs for Progress, Inc, which is a 501 c 3 non--profit and SERCO, Inc which is a for-profit and is licensed to do business in Illinois and is a subsidiary of SER Metro Detroit.



October 14, 2019 Pete Mendez, an eleven-year veteran of Central States SER, was awarded a Certificate of Appreciation on October 9th by the Cook County Department of Corrections for his work with special populations and Opportunity Youth. Pete’s direct involvement with the SAVE program assisted the Department of Corrections with developing “meaningful lessons that they can apply to their daily lives.” Congratulations Mr. Mendez for your commitment to our Chicago youth!

Today, Central States SER announced the launch of a summer coding program – Everyone Can Code (ECC) - using Apple’s Everyone Can Code curriculum.  This major summer initiative is consistent with Central States SER’s pledge to expand career paths for youth in Little Village.

ECC is designed to help expand STEM opportunities for students to build the necessary skills they need to pursue careers in the app economy by becoming proficient in Swift, Apple’s programming language that empowers anyone to create world-class apps. Central States SER is committed to assisting urban youth in the app field which is one of the fastest growing careers in today’s economy.

Currently, the Little Village program has 20 students enrolled in the ECC summer program and two instructor-facilitators who help guide students through the curriculum. The culminating activity will include an app that students will create and share at the end of the program. CSS is excited about its commitment to exposing young people to cutting-edge and futuristic careers.











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