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New Poverty Data: The Recovery Isn’t Helping Everyone

This week, the Census Bureau released the findings of two major surveys it conducts every year: The Current Population Survey, and the American Community Survey. Among the data released today were the 2013 rates of poverty for each state. In Illinois, the 2013 poverty rate remained at 14.7%, the same as 2012. The Social IMPACT Research [...]

Join the Workforce Benchmarking Network

The Workforce Benchmarking Network is hosting an informational webinar on Thursday, July 17 to help organizations learn more about the Network and how to get involved. Click Here To Register. The Network provides tools for workforce development programs to evaluate and improve their results. As a member of the network your organization receives 1) confidential, customized [...]

Spring Frontline Focus Trainings – Register Now!

Registration is open for the following Frontline Focus trainings:  Cultural Competency 101 (May 15th) and Intro to Workforce Development (June 5th). For more information on the Frontline Focus Training Institute and to register for these courses, click here.

April Frontline Workforce Association Meeting

The next Frontline Workforce Association meeting will be held Wednesday, April 9 from 8:30 - 11:00am at the Industrial Council of Nearwest Chicago. This meeting will focus on working with job seekers with criminal records and will include valuable resources for job developers as well as information a variety of legal topics. There is no [...]

Spring 2014 Frontline Focus Flyer

The latest edition of the Frontline Focus Flyer has been released. This season's Flyer includes updates on new trainings, information about Frontline Focus' annual survey, news about a Capacity Building & Benchmarking Project, tips for self-care, and much more! Click here to view the Flyer as a PDF.

March Working Group – Join Us!

Join us for our March Workforce Development Working Group - Tuesday, March 11 from 9:30 - 11:30am at Mercy Housing (1521 S. Wabash, Chicago). This month's meeting will feature an update on changes to the Department of Housing and Urban Development, a presentation on A Better Illinois, and advocacy updates from CJC staff. For more [...]

Urge Senator Kirk to Extend Unemployment Insurance

Earlier this month the U.S. Senate failed to extend unemployment insurance (UI) for the nearly two million long-term unemployed Americans by a single vote. In Illinois, advocates are once again targeting Senator Mark Kirk as he was one of many Senators who voted against the expansion. Many also believe that he is the Senator most [...]

DOL Grant Opportunities

The U.S. Department of Labor recently announced three grant opportunities for non-profit organizations. In total the grants amount to more than $250 million for training and education for various target populations. Around $30 million will be available to help adults transition out of prison and back into the workforce; about $73 million for the YouthBuild [...]

New Promotional Video Highlighting Manufacturing Training Program

The Calumet Green Manufacturing Partnership's (CGMP) goal is to enhance the manufacturing industry in the Millennium Reserve/Calumet Region. To learn more about CGMP, click here to watch their new promotional video or visit their website at http://cgmp4u.org/.

IWIS Naming Contest

The Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership is inviting workforce providers in Cook County (WIA and non-WIA) to name the "Integrated Workforce Information System" (IWIS). The deadline for submission is March 21. For more information including contest rules, click here.

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