Not every job requires a four-year degree

Crain’s Chicago Business

February 12, 2021
“A new nonprofit, Hire360, helps African Americans, Latinos and women navigate admission, which can be tricky because programs aren’t scheduled on a regular basis like a college semester. Sessions are opened when there is demand from contractor employers. Candidates must have a high school diploma or equivalency, a driver’s license and access to transportation, and must also pass an aptitude test that demonstrates math skills and spatial reasoning.”

Ep #62: Strengthening Trades Through Diversity Development with Jay Rowell of HIRE360

Germaine Law Firm

January 12, 2021
“Jay Rowell of HIRE360 joins the show today to discuss all things recruitment, training, job placement, diversity, and more.”

Real estate pros aim to diversify the ranks of developers

Chicago Sun-Times

January 4, 2021
“‘I want to show people that you can do this work in your neighborhood and make a living,’ developer Leon Walker said.”

Developers have a unique opportunity to contribute to equity

Crain’s Chicago Business

December 18, 2020
“It’s time to reimagine inclusion outside of workforce and small business support, starting with the supply chain, says a Related Midwest exec.”

COVID-19 has devastated Chicago real estate, but it’s amplified calls for equity. Will 2021 be a year of progress on the South and West sides?

Chicago Tribune

December 17, 2020
“Next year is setting up as quite the balancing act for commercial real estate and development in Chicago.”

Builders, labor unions open doors for small contractors

Chicago Sun-Times

November 30, 2020
“Hire360 provides entrepreneurs, particularly minorities and women, the tools to manage a feast-or-famine business.”

Local Programs Boost Diversity in the Trades

Crain’s Chicago Business

October 9, 2020
“The demand for tradespeople is expected to grow, and minorities and women represent an untapped pool of labor. “Chicago is at a crossroads,” says Jay Rowell, executive director at HIRE360.”

HIRE360, CTA modernization project connect new and out-of-work tradespeople with jobs

ABC 7 Chicago

June 11, 2020
“HIRE360 helps connect unemployed tradespeople from all over the city with work.”

Even apprenticeships are hard to come by for women and minorities

Crain’s Chicago Business

February 27, 2020
“A few big firms in Chicago are taking steps to diversify their workforces through apprentice programs that break down color and gender barriers to midlevel jobs. But federal data shows those are still the exception.”

First of its kind industry and labor partnership announces Hire360

Chicago Crusader

December 27, 2019
“Unique program will advance opportunities for community members and local businesses in manufacturing, construction, hospitality and the professional services industries.”

Chicago Contractors, Developers, Unions Launch HIRE360 Effort to Bring Minorities, Women into Construction

ENR Midwest

December 11, 2019
“Group has $1.7-million Budget for 2020, will offer everything from counseling to boots for applicants.”