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 Meetings

Wednesday, December 10, 2014  | 8:30 – 11:00am (8:30 – 9:00 Networking | 9:00 – 11:00 Working Group)
Industrial Council of Nearwest Chicago | 320 N. Damen Avenue, Chicago
(Limited free street parking nearby)
Click here to register.


WIOA Updates
Jennifer Foster | Associate Vice President for Adult Education & Workforce Development | Illinois Community College Board
Amanda Cage | Director of Strategic Initiatives & Policy | Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership

Join us to learn more about the WIOA implementation process for Illinois. Jennifer will speak on ICCB’s perspective on WIOA’s impact on adult education and Amanda will speak on the Partnership’s perspective on its impact for Chicago and Cook County as well as local service delivery.

Health Care Enrollment
Stephanie Altman | Assistant Director for Health Care Justice | Shriver Center

Join us to hear a presentation from Stephanie on health care enrollment for low-income adults.  To learn more about The Shriver Center’s health care justice work, click here.


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.

Changes to Working Group

Beginning in August 2014, the following changes will be made to our Working Group meetings:
  • Working group will be held bi-monthly on the second Wednesday of every other month
  • Meetings will be held from 8:30 – 11:00am (8:30 – 9:00 Networking | 9:00 – 11:00 Working Group)
  • Meetings will take place at a new location: the Industrial Council of Nearwest Chicago (ICNC) – 320 N. Damen Avenue, Chicago. This new location has free parking available, is off the #50 Damen CTA bus route, and is approximately 7 blocks from the Ashland Green/Pink Line CTA station.

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!

For your convenience, here are the scheduled Working Group and FWA meetings for the remainder of 2014 (all held from 8:30 – 11:00am at ICNC and agenda topics are TBD):

  • Wednesday, November 12: FWA Meeting
  • Wednesday, December 10: Working Group Meeting

Past Meetings

Review handouts from all past meetings.



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