Recognizing the critical role that Job Centers play in driving our economic recovery, the Illinois General Assembly has designated the week of August 26 through September 1, 2012 as "Workforce Development Week." Members of the General Assembly are encouraging individuals, businesses, and governmental organizations to visit and promote the programs and services offered through local Workforce Investment Boards during Workforce Development Week.
The future of unemployed workers and the re-employment of displaced workers will be dependent upon the availability of training programs to provide individuals with the skills needed in critical industries. The State of Illinois has 26 strong Workforce Investment Boards that provide these much needed services to the unemployed and underemployed residents. Because Workforce Investment Boards are composed primarily of individuals from private businesses, they are in the best position to ensure that local workforce programs and services meet the needs of local businesses and ensure that workers obtain the skills necessary to compete in the job market.
As part of the celebration of Workforce Development Week, the Lake County Job Center will host an Open House on Thursday, Aug. 30 from 3 - 5 p.m. at the Waukegan Job Center (1 N. Genesee Street, Waukegan). The Open House will allow guests to tour the Job Center, learn more about training and job search support programs for youth and adults, and discover programs that help local businesses attract and retain a high-quality workforce.
"The network of local workforce systems across the country form a critical link between job seekers, educational institutions, and businesses," said Todd Mundorf, Chairman of the Lake County Workforce Investment Board. "We prepare workers for their next job, and help companies find the best new hires."
Lake County Board Chairman David Stolman added, "even in tough economic times, there are opportunities out there and the Job Center can help people to prepare for and find them. The Open House will give people a chance to see that work in action."
The mission of Lake County Workforce Development is to foster and ensure the economic prosperity of the Lake County community by maximizing the potential of our businesses and workers. Through Job Centers in Waukegan and Grayslake, we offer services including career counseling, education and job-training guidance, financial aid for education and training, personalized career plans, workshops on career topics, jobs listings, job search assistance, and referrals to other support organizations. In addition, we offer tailored solutions for businesses including candidate recruitment, on-site recruitment and interviewing, on-the-job training grants, and incumbent worker training grants.
For more information visit the Lake County Job Center Website.