First Institute Training & Management, Inc. (FITM) has been providing Out-of-School Workforce Development programs since 2005. By prioritizing each participant’s success and considering each individual’s needs, FITM has assisted over 3000 youth and adults gain a wealth of knowledge, self-esteem and the skills needed to be a valuable asset to the global economy. Our programs prepare them for employment through various programs that develop their skills. The program assists young adults in overcoming barriers to education and employment by targeting the individual needs and goals of each participant. Participants are prepared to enter many growing, in-demand careers including Medical Office Assistant, Welding Technology, and Business Computer Applications.

FITM is a private proprietary institution and approved to operate under compliance with state standards as set forth in the California Private Postsecondary Act of 2009 and Division 7.5 of Title 5 of the California Code of Regulations. FITM also has an approval from the Illinois Board of Higher Education through its Division of Private Business and Vocational Schools to provide training in the State of Illinois. FITM is not accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the United States Department of Education.

FITM is approved by The Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE) and approved to operate in California by Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE).


  • Outreach/Recruitment
  • Community Collaboration
  • Federal/State and Local subsidies for occupational skills training
  • Industry Recognized Credential Programs
  • Career Pathways/Planning Development
  • Paid Internships and Job Shadowing
  • Case Management
  • Life Skills Development
  • Follow-up Services