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, February 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


Occupational Segregation in the Trades
Jayne Vellinga | Executive Director | Chicago Women in Trades (CWIT)

Jayne Vellinga will discuss CWIT’s decades-long fight against occupational segregation, which has effectively kept women and minorities out of high-skilled blue-collar occupations. CWIT works to create and improve opportunities for women and minorities in the skilled trades industries while promoting equitable workplaces and conditions.

Ventra Impact Survey Results
Kim Boche | Policy Research Assistant | Chicago Jobs Council
Eric Halvorson | Policy & Communications Associate | Chicago Jobs Council

CJC has been concerned about Ventra’s impact on providers since it was announced. In November 2015, we asked providers funded by The Department of Family and Support Services, Chicago Housing Authority, and the Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership how the Ventra system has affected their ability to provide transportation assistance to their clients. Join us to hear the results of our most recent survey.

Participant Spotlight
Jeanine Otte | Elevate Energy

Learn more about Elevate Energy’s work supporting good jobs and helping other nonprofits with energy efficiency!


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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