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, June 10, 2015 | 8:30 – 11:00am
Industrial Council of Nearwest Chicago
320 N. Damen Ave. — Chicago
(Free limited street parking nearby)
Click here to register


WIOA, Career Pathways, and Career Foundations 
Chicago Jobs Council and Women Employed
The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) is changing the expectations of both workforce and adult education programs. Come learn about the new WIOA regulations focused on career pathways and transitions to post-secondary education and training. We will provide a brief overview of what WIOA requirements are shaping up to be. We will then describe how Career Foundations can help organizations meet these requirements and, most importantly, help get low-skilled adults onto pathways leading to further education, credentials, and family-sustaining jobs.
Career Foundations is a 32-hour course developed locally that outlines Chicago-area career pathways. The curriculum helps both adult education students and workforce program participants assess their skills and interests, explore career paths and related career pathway programming, and craft a plan to get into college or advanced occupational training.
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!

Advanced registration is required. Click here to register. 

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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