Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership

Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership The Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership is an independent 501(c)3 nonprofit organization led by a Boar https://linktr.ee/HireFrequency
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Great news, job seekers! The Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership has a special program to connect people over 50 with emp...
12/07/2023

Great news, job seekers! The Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership has a special program to connect people over 50 with employment opportunities. This program can help you gain confidence, learn new skills, and explore opportunities for employment.

Learn more about the AARP Foundation Back to Work 50+ Program at https://chicookworks.org/initiatives/aarp-back-to-work-50/ and get on the path to fulfilling employment.

This month, the Workforce Innovation Board meets on December 12 at 10:30 a.m. Visit https://chicookworks.org/events/ for...
12/06/2023

This month, the Workforce Innovation Board meets on December 12 at 10:30 a.m.

Visit https://chicookworks.org/events/ for all the event details and to find out more about events we have planned in the new year!

Emily T. was laid off in May 2022 from her role as an IT analyst. She had previous experience but felt that she needed t...
12/04/2023

Emily T. was laid off in May 2022 from her role as an IT analyst. She had previous experience but felt that she needed to update her IT certifications to move forward in her career.

She reached out to The Partnership network in October 2022! Emily successfully completed the IT Management program with COMNet Group in January and became a Certified Scrum Master.

She has been working for Hyatt Hotels Corporation as a Solutions Architect Technical Project Manager since April, earning over $100,000 per year.

Live Now, The Partnership’s Danny Marshall leads the show and is joined by Claudia Cattouse-Regalado to discuss The Comm...
12/02/2023

Live Now, The Partnership’s Danny Marshall leads the show and is joined by Claudia Cattouse-Regalado to discuss The Community Health Response Corps, the importance of public health and workforce development.

The Partnership lead the City of Chicago’s Contact Tracing Corps and continues to work in this important area.

https://www.iheart.com/live/wvon1690am-5304/

SKILL UP to LEVEL UP with these free virtual technical skills workshops.Register at chicookworks.org/Workshop
12/02/2023

SKILL UP to LEVEL UP with these free virtual technical skills workshops.

Register at chicookworks.org/Workshop

The Partnership team spent this morning together, celebrating our efforts throughout 2023 and each other. Ugly sweaters ...
12/01/2023

The Partnership team spent this morning together, celebrating our efforts throughout 2023 and each other. Ugly sweaters were worn, laughs were boisterous and team members were recognized in a few fun categories voted on by their peers.

We’re proud of The Partnership and our Network and look forward to continued service to our community. We wish everyone a happy, healthy, safe, holiday season.

Zaida C. joined The Partnership in 2019 as a Program Coordinator and provided programmatic technical assistance to deleg...
12/01/2023

Zaida C. joined The Partnership in 2019 as a Program Coordinator and provided programmatic technical assistance to delegate agencies. She’s been promoted to Regional Manager and will oversee program performance and service coordination of a portion of The Partnership’s network.

The Partnership helped make my dreams a reality! [As a] single mother of a disabled child, working minimum wage for year...
11/30/2023

The Partnership helped make my dreams a reality! [As a] single mother of a disabled child, working minimum wage for years [The Partnership] helped me return to school and acquire the training and skills to reach my goals! I graduated from Moraine Valley Community College and obtained work right away! Not just a job but a career. They opened so many doors and I am wholeheartedly grateful for this program.
Ginenne V, Travel RN

Building an exceptional team is a quest that takes time, effort, and skills. Our American Job Centers can level up your ...
11/29/2023

Building an exceptional team is a quest that takes time, effort, and skills. Our American Job Centers can level up your hiring game by sharing expertise, resources, and connections with you!

Connect with the AJC near you to take the next step in building your team. Get started now at levelupajc.org

Promotion at The Partnership! Renee F. began her career at The Partnership as a Voucher Coordinator in 2015 and transiti...
11/29/2023

Promotion at The Partnership!
Renee F. began her career at The Partnership as a Voucher Coordinator in 2015 and transitioned to the Fiscal Compliance Monitor position in 2017 where she performed monitoring reviews of assigned service providers to determine financial compliance.

In her new role as Regional Manager, she’ll be responsible for overseeing program performance and service coordination of a group of 10 to 15 delegate agencies. In addition, she will review and approve budgets, scopes of service, identify deliverables and serve as the main point of programmatic contact for Region 4, the Southland area.

So when the  Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership CEO runs into a board member who also happens to be widely regarded as t...
11/29/2023

So when the Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership CEO runs into a board member who also happens to be widely regarded as the KOS (King of Selfies!), you don’t miss the chance to post that photo! Especially when it’s the KOS’ birthday TODAY!

Andrew Z. had limited work experience; he had worked part-time for a grocery retailer for six years as a bagger and cart...
11/28/2023

Andrew Z. had limited work experience; he had worked part-time for a grocery retailer for six years as a bagger and cart collector. He had no manufacturing industry experience but was able to participate in an On-the-Job (OJT) training program.

Through The Partnership’s network, Andrew got a job as a machine operator trainee, earning $17/hour plus benefits at Keats Manufacturing.

Keats Manufacturing provided the necessary accommodations to assist Andrew in successfully completing his job responsibilities. Both Andrew and Keats Manufacturing are benefiting from the OJT program. Andrew reports regularly to his career advisor how happy he is with his new career path – consistently arriving early to start his shift.

Level up your skills! Connect with your local American Job Center today to explore a huge range of new skills—from codin...
11/27/2023

Level up your skills! Connect with your local American Job Center today to explore a huge range of new skills—from coding to welding to creating professional presentations! The AJC team is here to help you avoid common pitfalls and advance on your career path.

Find the American Job Center near you by visiting levelupajc.org today!

November is National Career Development Month, which highlights a month of opportunities for individuals to engage in ca...
11/27/2023

November is National Career Development Month, which highlights a month of opportunities for individuals to engage in career-related activities and self-discovery. The Partnership’s Darlene H. tells her career development story this way:

Growing up as a child, I always dreamed of working as a Registered Nurse, assisting others in a time of need. Recently, being promoted to Program Coordinator for the Back to Work 50+ at The Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership aligns with my dreams and having the opportunity to empower participants while serving the most vulnerable population.

The most rewarding thing I have found about being a Program Coordinator at The Partnership is the personal connection I make with the 50+ participants every day. Being supportive, having conversations, assisting with professional development and training and knowing I made a difference in someone else's life is the best feeling ever!

The best advice that I received was, “Let nothing stop you from achieving your goals. Make sure the job is your passion and that you can see yourself doing it for the long haul.”
Darlene H., The Partnership

LIVE NOW on WVON RADIO.https://www.iheart.com/live/wvon1690am-5304/In celebration of Thanksgiving this week’s discussion...
11/25/2023

LIVE NOW on WVON RADIO.
https://www.iheart.com/live/wvon1690am-5304/

In celebration of Thanksgiving this week’s discussion will share success stories that highlight the real reason we’re thankful for the work we do at The Partnership.

Did you see Nichole M. The Partnership’s Construction Initiatives Program Coordinator and the Illinois Tollway’s DBE Pro...
11/24/2023

Did you see Nichole M. The Partnership’s Construction Initiatives Program Coordinator and the Illinois Tollway’s DBE Program Manager Julia G. at the 2023 Construction Industry Conference event at IIT? Keep following us here and don’t miss opportunities to connect.

The Partnership is proud to partner in the presentation 'Healthcare Sector Strategy' which included the Partnership’s He...
11/24/2023

The Partnership is proud to partner in the presentation 'Healthcare Sector Strategy' which included the Partnership’s Healthcare Sector Center recently at the US Department of Labor Employment and Training (DOL/ETA) Regional Convening with Michelle McFarland, Deputy Project Director at the HCSC, Equus Workforce Solutions.

Happy Thanksgiving! During the holiday season, it can feel like life is put on hold—but The Partnership and our Network ...
11/23/2023

Happy Thanksgiving! During the holiday season, it can feel like life is put on hold—but The Partnership and our Network do not stop connecting career seekers and career providers throughout the holiday season.

Visit LevelUpAJC.org TODAY to connect with your local AJC.

In recognition of Native American Heritage Month, we proudly introduce Antony! We celebrate the traditions, languages an...
11/22/2023

In recognition of Native American Heritage Month, we proudly introduce Antony! We celebrate the traditions, languages and stories of Native American, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, and affiliated Island communities and hope their rich histories and contributions continue to thrive with each passing generation.

Antony proudly served his country as a US Marine; he is of Alaskan native descent and spent part of his childhood in Alaska. When he came to Chicago, he found it challenging to find a meaningful path. Eventually, he received funding for training at Kennedy King College, a City College of Chicago, through The Partnership. He is now a licensed and certified gas utility worker for People’s Gas. “This job has changed my life and given me the opportunity to be the dad I want to be. My son will turn 5 over Thanksgiving weekend,” says Antony.

This Saturday, November 25, Antony will be a guest on The Partnership with George Wright at 8am on WVON Radio. Listen in to hear Antony’s success story.

Kennedy-King College

Did you know that American Job Centers can give your hiring team a boost? Connect with your local AJC to take advantage ...
11/22/2023

Did you know that American Job Centers can give your hiring team a boost? Connect with your local AJC to take advantage of their experience, knowledge, and connections, and level up your organization today!

Get the powerup at levelupajc.org

Barrett M. participated in an Electro-Mechanical Technician program funded by a Job Training and Economic Development Pr...
11/21/2023

Barrett M. participated in an Electro-Mechanical Technician program funded by a Job Training and Economic Development Program (JTED) grant from the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity

Barrett has always been interested in robotics and learning how machines work. His interests were further piqued by an online post for the Electro-Mechanical Technician training program. During the 2-month program, he learned mechanical and electrical skills and earned the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute (PMMI) certification. Barrett is now a Maintenance Technician at Sam's Club, earning more than $36 per hour.

“I have achieved what I wouldn't have thought possible when I started. I met my wonderful classmates and friends I will never forget. I am a maintenance technician with an above-market pay rate now. I am so grateful for this opportunity to thrive in this career path,” said Barrett.

Looking for a career that matches your skills and passions? American Job Centers can help! Your local AJC has a team des...
11/20/2023

Looking for a career that matches your skills and passions? American Job Centers can help! Your local AJC has a team designed to discover the next level of your career and provide the tools you need to unlock it.

Get started now at LevelUpAJC.org

The Partnership’s Pat Moore, photographed here with Lt. Governor Juliana Stratton, attended YWCA Metropolitan Chicagos B...
11/20/2023

The Partnership’s Pat Moore, photographed here with Lt. Governor Juliana Stratton, attended YWCA Metropolitan Chicagos Building Equitable Futures 2023 Leadership Luncheon.

Equitable Futures implores each of us to take a moment to look up and out, rise from the mire and cynicism of everyday life, and realize the possibility of what can be when we take hold of our power and direct it towards peace and justice for all.

LIVE NOW on WVON RADIO.https://www.iheart.com/live/wvon1690am-5304/November 18: Host/CEO George Wright will be joined by...
11/18/2023

LIVE NOW on WVON RADIO.
https://www.iheart.com/live/wvon1690am-5304/

November 18: Host/CEO George Wright will be joined by industry experts to discuss the manufacturing sector’s workforce needs and opportunities!

The manufacturing sector is one of the most important in our region and is critical to developing and maintaining a middle class throughout the USA.

Perry S. received his welding certification from Jane Addams Resource Corp (JARC) Jane Addams Resource Corporation a Car...
11/17/2023

Perry S. received his welding certification from Jane Addams Resource Corp (JARC) Jane Addams Resource Corporation a Career Pathway grant from the Partnership. During a Pipefitters Information Session at his school, Perry became very interested in becoming a pipefitter.
Perry, has been a dedicated 1st-year apprentice since December 2022, and has actively engaged in diverse projects, showcasing his skills and commitment.

He remains grateful for the stipend assistance provided throughout his 18 weeks of unpaid pre-apprenticeship classes, Perry wholeheartedly recommends the program to others.

Visit LevelUpAJC.org to connect with your local AJC and learn more about apprenticeship opportunities.

Our manufacturing Business Relations Specialist, Pamela Thomas (3rd from the right), connects companies and job seekers!...
11/16/2023

Our manufacturing Business Relations Specialist, Pamela Thomas (3rd from the right), connects companies and job seekers! Her expertise in occupational training, workplace preparedness, and business relations will help you find and hire the qualified candidates you need.

Visit https://chicookworks.org/services/employers/ to get in touch and learn more!

As part of The ConstructionWorks program, powered by the Illinois Tollway , The Partnership works with Crudup Constructi...
11/16/2023

As part of The ConstructionWorks program, powered by the Illinois Tollway , The Partnership works with Crudup Construction to reach career seekers who are interested in the trades and would like to begin a pre-apprenticeship program.

One of the program’s goals is to eliminate barriers residents face. In 2023, the collaboration worked with 30 participants, 17 of whom have successfully moved into an apprenticeship position in the trades, including electrical, labor, sheet metal, carpentry, roofing.

Visit LevelUpAJC.org to connect with your local AJC and learn more about apprenticeship opportunities.

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Every Saturday morning on WVON Radio, CEO George Wright hosts The Partnership with George Wright. Catch up on the most r...
11/15/2023

Every Saturday morning on WVON Radio, CEO George Wright hosts The Partnership with George Wright.

Catch up on the most recent broadcasts on YouTube and listen live every Saturday morning at 8am.

This Saturday’s show will discuss the hiring needs of the region’s important manufacturing sector.

https://www.youtube.com//videos

WVON 1690AM - The Talk of Chicago

Miguel Leveled Up at his local AJC! In partnership with his career coach, Miguel found a new career pathway and received...
11/14/2023

Miguel Leveled Up at his local AJC! In partnership with his career coach, Miguel found a new career pathway and received support, such as a gas card to help him afford the commute to work and financial assistance for work boots and tools. The pre-apprenticeship training with IBEW Local 134 took Miguel from dislocated worker to Apprentice I Electrician.

Northside American Job Center at Truman College

To find your pathway, visit LevelUpAJC.org

Information technology (IT) is an exciting, fast-growing industry—and the perfect field for you to build your career. Ov...
11/14/2023

Information technology (IT) is an exciting, fast-growing industry—and the perfect field for you to build your career. Over the past program year, The Partnership’s IT Sector Center, managed by National Able Network recruited career seekers for more than 200 job orders for 600 career opportunities.

https://chicookworks.org/locations/it-center/

The Partnership’s network proudly provides resources for veterans transitioning to civilian life.
11/14/2023

The Partnership’s network proudly provides resources for veterans transitioning to civilian life.

It can be a momentous transition for veterans from active duty to civilian life, and they face challenges, especially in the job market.

The Partnership and our Network are happy to participate in World Kindness Day today and every day.
11/13/2023

The Partnership and our Network are happy to participate in World Kindness Day today and every day.

It's Apprenticeship Week! An apprenticeship can be a great way to build your career while getting paid—and opportunities...
11/13/2023

It's Apprenticeship Week! An apprenticeship can be a great way to build your career while getting paid—and opportunities exist in a variety of fields.

Kick your week off with a Free Virtual Workshop to sharpen your Microsoft skills. Log in tomorrow, Monday, November 13 a...
11/12/2023

Kick your week off with a Free Virtual Workshop to sharpen your Microsoft skills.

Log in tomorrow, Monday, November 13 at 9am to learn about PivotTables Microsoft Excel then again at 11am for a Microsoft Word Workshop.

On Wednesday, November 15 log in at 9am for a Microsoft PowerPoint Workshop and at 11am for a Google Forms Workshop.

Register at ChiCookWorks.org/Workshop

LIVE NOW! On WVON AM radio, Partnership CEO George Wright is joined by Partnership team member Joshua Williams, an Oppor...
11/11/2023

LIVE NOW! On WVON AM radio, Partnership CEO George Wright is joined by Partnership team member Joshua Williams, an Opportunity Works intern and employer and a Cook County funder partner, to discuss this paid internship program aimed at suburban Cook County youth who are out of work or school.
Listen Live at https://www.iheart.com/live/wvon1690am-5304/

Today, we join the nation in recognizing Veterans Day! Currently, 2% of The Chicago Cook Workforce’s customers who are e...
11/10/2023

Today, we join the nation in recognizing Veterans Day!
Currently, 2% of The Chicago Cook Workforce’s customers who are enrolled in programs using WIOA funding are veterans.

Connect with a local American Job Center today to learn more about our programs. LevelUpAJC.org

This Saturday Nov. 11th at 8m on WVON 1690AM - The Talk of Chicago , Partnership CEO George Wright will be joined by Par...
11/09/2023

This Saturday Nov. 11th at 8m on WVON 1690AM - The Talk of Chicago , Partnership CEO George Wright will be joined by Partnership team member Joshua Williams, an Opportunity Works intern and employer and a Cook County partner, to discuss this paid internship program aimed at suburban Cook County youth who are out of work or school.

You don’t want to miss out!

It’s National STEM Day! Here are five STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) careers you should consider f...
11/08/2023

It’s National STEM Day! Here are five STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) careers you should consider for your future!

No matter what path you choose, your local American Job Center is here for you—providing the resources, guidance, and education you need to crush your career goals. To connect with your local American Job Center visit LevelUpAJC.org.

Wesley from the South Suburban Cook County American Job Center E&ES  in Harvey received supportive services and a vouche...
11/08/2023

Wesley from the South Suburban Cook County American Job Center E&ES in Harvey received supportive services and a voucher to assist with paying for CDL training. He says he met a ton of great new drivers and instructors in the process and successfully completed his ITA for his CDL License in July. He gained valuable skills that he will be able to use on and off the road. With support from his career coach, he was able to obtain a CDL position with a great company making nearly $70,000 a year with benefits! Congratulations Wesley!

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"The Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership is a testament to the power of collaboration. By joining the prior existing federally-designated local workforce investment areas, we have shed artificial boundaries and gained uniform policies for the benefit of our residents and businesses alike." — Karin M. Norington-Reaves, CEO, Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership


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