Workforce Development Working Group

Our Workforce Development Working Group meetings are a bi-monthly forum to discuss programs, policies, and actions that help move people out of poverty through employment. We learn from one another, take action together, and hear from a variety of experts about their work. Whether you are interested in opportunities to engage in advocacy, would like to learn more about effective employment and training programs, or want to network with other professionals tackling poverty and unemployment, you are welcome at Working Group!

Annually, more than 100 community-based advocates and providers participate in our Workforce Development Working Group. You are welcome as a CJC member, other community stakeholder, or an interested individual committed to lifting people out of poverty through employment.

Contact Angela Morrison for more information.

Upcoming Meeting

Workforce Development Working Group - Chicago Jobs Council

The Jobs Council will not be holding our Workforce Development Working Group this June.
We hope that you will join us for our 37th Annual Meeting on June 15, 2018.
To learn more about our annual meeting, click here and click here to register.

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Workforce Development Working Group Archive

April 2018

February 2018

December 2017

October 2017

  • Agenda
  • Apprenticeships PresentationReport on youth oriented apprenticeships, Illinois youth apprenticeships report, and policy summary | Erin Steva and Troy Alim, Young Invincibles
  • Apprenticeships Plus Handout | Patrick Campbell, Office of Employment & Training, DCEO
  • Obama Equity Fund Handout | Matt Bruce, Chicagoland Workforce Funder Alliance
  • National Apprenticeship Recommendations and Toolkit | National Skills Coalition
  • Announcements

August 2017

June 2017

April 2017

  • Agenda
  • Reconnecting Opportunity Youth to Work and School Presentation | Christina Krasov, Thrive Chicago
  • Opportunity Works RFP Summary | Michelle Rafferty, Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership
  • Legal Defense Fund & Community Navigators Presentation, Citizenship/Immigration Legal Services Flyer, Community Navigator Partner Organizations (English, Spanish) | Micaella Verro, Erie Neighborhood House
  • Know Your Rights immigration flyer

February 2017

December 2016

  • Agenda
  • Getting Oriented Post Election Slides | Carrie Thomas, CJC
  • NSC Priorities Slides | Rachel Unruh, National Skills Coalition
  • Presentation Notes: Threats to Immigrants and Refugees and ICIRR Priorities | Fred Tsao, Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights
  • Announcements and Other Resources:
    • Apply to Success Drivers Learning Cohort by January 3
    • Chicago Public Library DigitalLearn platform offers free online training in basic digital skills to anyone with a library card.
    • 312-998-READ (312-998-7323) is the Literacy Works Adult Education Helpline, offering referrals to adults seeking a place to learn and volunteers looking for a place to tutor.

October 2016

August 2016

  • Agenda
  • Ventra Update | Eric Halvorson, CJC
    • CJC is seeking organizations to add their name to a Ventra Letter of Support by Wednesday, August 17. Contact Eric to add your organization or with questions.
    • Postcards for the CTA Board from Ventra Flash Advocacy
  • CJC Strategic Plan | Carrie Thomas, CJC
  • Complete the Degree Chicago | Starr De Los Santos, Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL)
  • Announcements
    • ChicaGO VOTE! voter guide for adult learners | Alex Ziskind, Chicago Citywide Literacy Coalition

June 2016

  • Agenda
  • Presentation on Youth Services Strategy and Initiatives | Greg Martinez, Youth Program Specialist, Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership
  • The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning is looking for community feedback for their ON TO 2050 plan. Those who missed the meeting can give input in other ways:
  • CJC Status of Legislative Priorities at session’s end | Dan Lyonsmith, Director of Policy & Advocacy, CJC
  • Flyer for Safer Foundation’s Healthcare Job Fair on June 23 | Tony Lowery, Director of Policy & Advocacy, Safer Foundation
  • Flyer for the Manufacturing Careers Internship Program, recruiting participants ages 18-24 | San Spears, Career Pathways Specialist, Alternative Schools Network
  • Flyer for YES Career Pathways Program, recruiting employers/organizations to host interns ages 16-21 | San Spears, Career Pathways Specialist, Alternative Schools Network

April 2016

February 2016

December 2015

October 2015

August 2015

June 2015

April 2015

February 2015

December 2014

October 2014

August 2014