Organizational Profiles: SER-Jobs for Progress National Inc.
May 7, 2014
SER-Jobs for Progress is an example of an organization that is based in one location but provides services nationwide through a network of employment and training organizations. SER, based in Irving, Texas, and ranked No. 16 on this years list with $27.6 million in expenditures, has a vision to enable the Hispanic community, other ethnic groups and hard-to-serve populations to fully participate in Americas socioeconomic mainstream, enjoying equal access and parity in all aspects of American society.
SER-Jobs for Progress Executive Director Nory Angel.
The organization provides assistance in education, training, employment, business and economic opportunity to over 1.2 million people each year in over 200 communities in 16 states; Washington, D.C.; and Puerto Rico.
SER National, founded in 1964, celebrated its 50th anniversary at its national conference April 30-May 1 in Dallas. Originally called Operation SER, the organization started as a partnership between the American GI Forum, the League of United Latin American Citizens, the Department of the Navy and the U.S. Department of Labor.
SER-Jobs for Progress Website.
Today, SER National is funded by the Labor Department to operate the Senior Community Service Employment Program, focusing on the training and employment needs of the mature worker. The majority of its service expenditures goes to this program. SER serves over 3,500 participants in over 150 counties in eight states each year in this capacity.
The organization also provides underemployed workers assistance with careers in health care, and operates one-stop career centers across the country. Through local SER affiliates, it operates other workforce development programs that target Hispanics and other underrepresented minority groups.
For example, in Houston, SER of the Texas Gulf Coast is implementing a Pathways Out of Poverty grant focused on teaching job skills in green construction trades and providing career pathways to over 400 people who have dropped out of high school or were involved in the criminal justice system.