Workforce Development Working Group

We use our bi-monthly workforce development Working Group meetings as a forum to discuss policy and program issues related to creating enhanced employment and training opportunities for disadvantaged job seekers and working poor families. The group identifies opportunities to reform public policies and improve local workforce development programs. Each meeting we have a varied agenda and frequently invite workforce providers and public policy advocates to present. Whether you are interested in opportunities to engage in advocacy, or would like to learn more about effective employment and training programs, the Working Group can serve as a useful resource.

To review handouts from all past meetings, click here.


Annually, more than 100 community-based advocates and providers participate in our Workforce Development Working Group. You can attend the meeting as a CJC member or other community stakeholder committed to ensuring access to employment and career advancement opportunities for people in poverty.

Upcoming Meeting

Wednesday, August 10, 2016 | 8:30 – 11:00am
Industrial Council of Nearwest Chicago
320 N. Damen Ave. – Chicago
(Free limited street parking nearby)

Free, but advance registration required. Click here to register


Ventra Update & Action
Eric Halvorson | Policy & Communications Associate | Chicago Jobs Council 
Many of you have heard about the work CJC has done around Ventra. In May, we released a report about the impact of Ventra on social service providers who offer transit assistance to participants. Come hear the latest about our efforts, learn how you can take part, and join us for flash advocacy.

CJC’s Strategic Plan
Carrie Thomas | Executive Director | Chicago Jobs Council 
CJC recently completed our 3 year strategic plan. Find out how we are positioned after our 35 years of history, and learn what our major goals are for the future!

Working Group Participant Spotlight: CAEL 
Starr De Los Santos | Program Coordinator | Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL)
Come hear about the work of CAEL, Council for Adult and Experiential Learning. Additionally, you’ll learn about Complete the Degree Chicago, which works with adults who have some college credits return to college.


Please bring information that you would like to share with Working Group participants. We will have a table for handouts and an opportunity for brief announcements at the end of the meeting.

We welcome your valuable perspective and participation and look forward to seeing you. New participants are always welcome!

During Working Group’s off months, CJC’s Frontline Focus Training Institute will hold its bi-monthly Frontline Workforce Association (FWA) meetings at the same time and location. These meetings are also free and open to all who are interested!

Past Meetings

Review handouts from all past meetings.



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