Joshua’s Hand announced Oct. 29 that the Joshua Works Workforce Development Initiative Cohort 2 has begun accepting applications. Joshua’s Hand, a 501©(3) organization founded in 2013, is the parent organization of the Joshua Works Workforce Development Initiative.

The Joshua Works Workforce Development Initiative represents efforts between the Broadway Redevelopment Partners, Joshua’s Hand and Weigand Construction to benefit Fort Wayne and Allen County. The parties have committed to developing and implementing a program with its roots in the construction trade.

“I am so grateful to the mayor and all those involved in making Electric Works possible. After experiencing 80% successful job placement of our first cohort, we are excited about helping others who want to get into the trades,” Pastor Cedric Walker, CEO of Joshua’s Hand, said in the announcement.

The two main objectives of the initiative are preparing individuals for careers in the construction trades and creating opportunities for under-utilized businesses (UBEs) to secure larger contracts in the construction industry, to expand their businesses.

“Ownership’s goal for Electric Works is to create the most inclusive place in Fort Wayne,” said Kevan Biggs of Broadway Redevelopment Partners. “We desire to create a place and program that invites our entire community to live, work, play, and learn. We want to lead this effort by seeing a diverse set of hands build this catalytic development, and we are confident that Joshua’s Works can help us reach this goal.”

Cohort 2 of the pre-apprenticeship training program scheduling is to begin on Dec. 7.

Interested parties are encouraged to submit their applications early. The application deadline is Nov. 16. To be considered for Cohort 2, all applications must be received by the end of business on Nov. 16. Those interested in applying for Cohort 2 or learning more about the program can do so at

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