Instituto del Progreso Latino (Instituto) was founded in 1977 with a mission to contribute to the fullest development of Latino immigrants and their families through education, training, and employment that fosters full participation in the changing US society while preserving cultural identity and dignity. Throughout its existence, InstitutoÃ?Â¢??s evolution and expansion has been informed by the needs of its program participants, which now number over 9,000, in the predominantly Latino communities of Pilsen, Little Village, and Back of the Yards on the Southwest Side of Chicago.The needs of the community it serves have helped define InstitutoÃ?Â¢??s character of achievement through its high-quality programs in workforce development, adult education, youth development, youth education, and citizenship preparation.
As a Carreras student, Rigoberto Acosta, 23, made significant gains in his English reading comprehension, which enabled him to pass the college placement exam and gain admission into the Basic Nursing Assistant Program by summer the next year. By summer 2013, Rigoberto had earned a nursing license, a job, and was successfully continuing his education, having enrolled in the Practical Nursing Program at Wright College in Chicago.