A RECOVERY FOR

ALL

WORKNET DUPAGE
YEAR IN REVIEW
(2020-2021)

A RECOVERY
FOR

All

WORKNET DUPAGE YEAR IN REVIEW
(2020-2021)

Message from the Chairman

I am delighted to introduce the workNet DuPage Year in Review in a digital format for the first time. As we adapt to new ways of staying connected with county residents, there is perhaps no better way to share the significant accomplishments of our WIOA-funded projects. The report is packed with inspiring client success video testimonials. Each story is unique but one thing unites them all: they found opportunity at workNet DuPage.

Daniel J. Cronin

DuPage County Board Chairman

Executive Director’s Note

We know that the stories highlighted in our Year in Review will inspire countless others who are ready to take the next step in their career. So many of our family, friends, and neighbors have been impacted by the pandemic in a variety of ways, and so many know the emotional rollercoaster that searching for a job can be. As the economic recovery continues, our mission is to make sure no one is left behind and that no one has to be on that job search journey alone.

LISA SCHVACH

Executive Director

 

Despite the challenging times we're in…

Amazing progress.

 

Despite the challenging times we're in…

Amazing progress.

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INTENSIVE CAREER & TRAINING PARTICIPANTS

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AVERAGE ANNUAL SALARY UPON PROGRAM COMPLETION

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INCREASE IN EARNINGS ON AVERAGE

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INTENSIVE CAREER & TRAINING PARTICIPANTS

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AVERAGE ANNUAL SALARY UPON PROGRAM COMPLETION

0

EARNINGS INCREASE ON AVERAGE

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GRANTED TO JOB SEEKERS FOR CAREER TRAINING
PRIMARILY IN 4 KEY INDUSTRIES:

%

Information Technology

%

Healthcare

%

Transportation & Logistics

%

Manufacturing & Skilled Trades

0

JOB SEEKERS NAVIGATED

0

WEBINAR ATTENDEES

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GRANTED TO 15 COMPANIES TO UPSKILL 96 EMPLOYEES

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GRANTED TO JOB SEEKERS PRIMARILY IN 4 KEY INDUSTRIES:

%

Information Technology

%

Healthcare

%

Transportation & Logistics

%

Manufacturing & Skilled Trades

2920

JOB SEEKERS NAVIGATED

3470

WEBINAR ATTENDEES

$140K

GRANTED TO 15 COMPANIES TO UPSKILL 96 EMPLOYEES

Addressing the pressing workforce issues of our time with a commitment to a recovery for all.

 

Addressing the pressing workforce issues of our time with a commitment to a recovery for all.

 

Swift
support

After a year of historic layoffs, some positive news. Layoffs receded. Unemployment dropped. The center, leaving no one behind, continued its active support for laid off and furloughed employees.

 

Swift support

After a year of historic layoffs, some positive news. Layoffs receded. Unemployment dropped. The center, leaving no one behind, continued its active support for laid off and furloughed employees.

How we helped laid-off and furloughed employees

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OF TRAINING CLIENTS WERE LAID OFF OR FURLOUGHED. SERVICES PROVIDED A FRESH START OR REBOOT.

Here's the industry breakdown:

Information Technology

58%

Transportation & Logistics

19%

Admin, Design, Paralegal, & Other

14%

Manufacturing & Skilled Trades

6%

Healthcare

3%

How we helped people impacted by layoffs and furloughs

The first of its kind in the state of Illinois, workNet DuPage’s From Layoff to Launch webinar series, a response to COVID, continued full steam. The bimonthly info-session connects laid-off and furloughed DuPage County residents to proven federally-funded career resources, as well as authoritative unemployment insurance and healthcare information. This year the program was commended by the Department of Labor as a best practice for the nation.

0

OF TRAINING CLIENTS WERE LAID OFF OR FURLOUGHED. SERVICES PROVIDED A FRESH START OR REBOOT.

How we helped people impacted by layoffs and furloughs

The first of its kind in the state of Illinois, workNet DuPage’s From Layoff to Launch webinar series, a response to COVID, continued full steam. The bimonthly info-session connects laid-off and furloughed DuPage County residents to proven federally-funded career resources, as well as authoritative unemployment insurance and healthcare information. This year the program was commended by the Department of Labor as a best practice for the nation.

The client-centered approach provided virtual as well as in-person services, ensuring support for people that didn't want to venture out. 

0

OF TRAINING CLIENTS WERE LAID OFF OR FURLOUGHED. SERVICES PROVIDED A FRESH START OR REBOOT.

Here's the industry breakdown:

Information Technology

58%

Transportation & Logistics

19%

Admin, Design, Paralegal, & Other

14%

Manufacturing & Skilled Trades

6%

Healthcare

3%

Carolyn was “sending out applications all over the place” until she connected with workNet DuPage. Group workshops and one-on-one career coaching helped her secure a new job as a grants coordinator with Advocate Charitable Foundation. We're thrilled for her well-deserved success.

 

As the one-year mark of Kevin's job loss approached, hiring delays, job freezes, and stiff competition in the aftermath of the pandemic made finding a new job feel increasingly untenable. workNet DuPage provided hope and hands-on assistance.

 

 

“I was getting multiple interviews,” Tim said. "It’s just every time they interviewed there was somebody that maybe knew the boss, or just had that little more experience, and that’s where the frustration comes in.” Thanks to support from workNet DuPage, Tim did not give up.

Carolyn was “sending out applications all over the place” until she connected with workNet DuPage. Group workshops and one-on-one career coaching helped her secure a new job as a grants coordinator with Advocate Charitable Foundation. We're thrilled for her well-deserved success.

 

As the one-year mark of Kevin's job loss approached, hiring delays, job freezes, and stiff competition in the aftermath of the pandemic made finding a new job feel increasingly untenable. workNet DuPage provided hope and hands-on assistance. “It was amazing. Just before the one-year mark, having workNet DuPage offer the opportunities it did made a huge difference to me,” says Kevin.

 

 

“I was getting multiple interviews,” Tim said. "It’s just every time they interviewed there was somebody that maybe knew the boss, or just had that little more experience, and that’s where the frustration comes in.” Thanks to support from workNet DuPage, Tim did not give up.

Carolyn was “sending out applications all over the place” until she connected with workNet DuPage. Group workshops and one-on-one career coaching helped her secure a new job as a grants coordinator with Advocate Charitable Foundation. We're thrilled for her well-deserved success.

As the one-year mark of Kevin's job loss approached, hiring delays, job freezes, and stiff competition in the aftermath of the pandemic made finding a new job feel increasingly untenable. workNet DuPage provided hope and hands-on assistance. “It was amazing. Just before the one-year mark, having workNet DuPage offer the opportunities it did made a huge difference to me,” says Kevin.

 

“I was getting multiple interviews,” Tim said. "It’s just every time they interviewed there was somebody that maybe knew the boss, or just had that little more experience, and that’s where the frustration comes in.” Thanks to support from workNet DuPage, Tim did not give up. He’s now gainfully employed in a managerial role at a transportation company, the type of position he was seeking.

If you were laid off or furloughed, contact us today to connect with these resources. Sign up here.

If you were laid off or furloughed, connect with these resources today. Sign up for the next information session here.

 

 

Strengthening businesses

workNet DuPage equipped businesses with the tools to bounce back better yearlong. With the employer in the driver seat, companies met new demands, boosted productivity, and fostered growth with customized training solutions.

 

Strengthening
businesses

workNet DuPage equipped businesses with the tools to bounce back better yearlong. With the employer in the driver seat, companies met new demands, boosted productivity, and fostered growth with customized training solutions.

How we helped businesses

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AWARDED TO LOCAL COMPANIES TO TRAIN EMPLOYEES

0

BUSINESSES RECEIVED TRAINING GRANTS

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WORKERS UPSKILLED

workNet DuPage Incumbent Worker Training (IWT) funding provided a needed boost in the face of staffing shortages. workNet DuPage awarded 15 companies IWT grants to build job skills among employees.

96 workers in manufacturing, IT, healthcare, and the nonprofit sector acquired new skills and industry certifications:

 

  • Machining
  • Industrial Maintenance
  • Robotics and Automation
  • Cybersecurity
  • Network and Systems Admin
  • Project Management
  • Physical Therapy
  • Behavioral Therapy
  • Engineering
  • Manufacturing
  • Graphic Design
  • Accounting

 

Manufacturers who mobilized to provide life-saving supplies throughout the pandemic found support. Funding to train current employees closed skill gaps, which in turn kept companies up and running. In many cases, workNet DuPage engendered company growth for even greater success.

 

How we helped businesses

 

With help from workNet DuPage, employers kept pace with the changing economic landscape. workNet DuPage Incumbent Worker Training (IWT) funding provided a needed boost in the face of staffing shortages. workNet DuPage awarded 15 companies IWT grants to build job skills among employees.

96 workers in manufacturing, IT, healthcare, and the nonprofit sector acquired new skills and industry certifications:

 

  • Machining
  • Industrial Maintenance
  • Robotics and Automation
  • Cybersecurity
  • Network and Systems Admin
  • Project Management
  • Physical Therapy
  • Behavioral Therapy
  • Engineering
  • Manufacturing
  • Graphic Design
  • Accounting

 

Manufacturers who mobilized to provide life-saving supplies throughout the pandemic found support. Funding to train current employees closed skill gaps, which in turn kept companies up and running. In many cases, workNet DuPage engendered company growth for even greater success.

$140k

AWARDED TO LOCAL COMPANIES TO TRAIN EMPLOYEES

15

COMPANIES RECEIVED TRAINING GRANTS

96

WORKERS UPSKILLED

Here are just some examples of how businesses used workNet DuPage resources to boost their business this year.

Here are just some examples of how businesses used workNet DuPage resources to boost their business this year.

Here are just some examples of how businesses used workNet DuPage resources to boost their business this year.

Century Metal Spinning

Century Metal Spinning

Blueprint reading

Blueprint reading training strengthened the skill sets of Century Metal Spinning operators in Bensenville.

Read more

Over the last year, management and employees of Century Metal Spinning have worked tirelessly to meet customer needs amidst the pandemic. 

Management recognized that employees would benefit from blueprint reading training. By strengthening the skill sets of these operators, Century Metal Spinning saw an increase in sales revenue and overall customer satisfaction. Great news: the company is set to expand their facility in 2022. 

 
Forster Tool

Forster Tool

Cybersecurity

Forster employees honed the skills needed to process cybersecurity requirements in the manufacturing space.

Read more

As a precision specialist who provides products for government aerospace and medical industries, Forster holds tight tolerances and high standards which require industry-current systems and skilled production workers.  

The Incumbent Worker Training grant allowed Forster employees to hone the skills needed to understand cybersecurity requirements, implement necessary protocols and tools, and obtain Level 1 Computer Model Maturity Certification. This certification protects Forster Tool’s customers and ensures that Forster will remain a competitive and successful manufacturer in DuPage County.  

Chemring

Chemring

Root cause analysis

Chemring in Downers Grove upskilled its engineers in root cause analysis maintaining the company's competitive edge.

Read more
Chemring

Over the last year, Chemring identified room for growth in the area of root-cause analysis. Effective root-cause analysis not only serves as a vehicle to identify the problem and how it occurred, but what systemic and process parameters allowed for it to exist in the first place. By identifying and addressing these issues, engineers are able to continually improve and maintain Chemring’s competitive edge.    

Aqueity

Aqueity

Cybersecurity & Network and Systems Admin

Network and Systems Admin trainings advanced Aqueity in Lombard. Employees benefited with in-demand credentials.

Read more

Aqueity delivers technology services and IT strategic consulting to a wide spectrum of small and medium size businesses. Throughout the pandemic, the company maintained a highly qualified team with regular training and development, meeting growing and changing client needs, which include demand for Cloud services and cybersecurity.

Trainings utilizing the workNet DuPage Incumbent Worker Training grant helped Aqueity keep its clients’ information safe and secure, and also provided employees with in-demand industry credentials. 

The only constant in the manufacturing industry is change. Watch the video above to learn how Frey & Weiss utilized workNet DuPage funding to train employees in Mastercam programming. The company improved its speed and ability to program advanced products.

If you are an employer in DuPage County, let us contribute to your success. Call 630.955.2037 or visit worknetdupage.org/employers.
View our Bounce Back Better in Business Guide here.

If you are an employer in DuPage County, let us contribute to your success.
View our Bounce Back Better in Business Guide here.

 

 

Launching Careers

 

The pandemic sparked extraordinary unemployment among young adults. At a time in life when young adults are typically excited to launch a career, many experienced a "lost year." Young workers' already higher unemployment rates tripled – with people of color disproportionately affected. workNet DuPage’s Youth Program, Make Your Way (My Way), serving ages 17-24, continued unabated.

 

 

Launching
Careers

The pandemic sparked extraordinary unemployment among young adults. At a time in life when young adults are typically excited to launch a career, many experienced a "lost year." Young workers' already higher unemployment rates tripled – with people of color disproportionately affected. workNet DuPage’s Youth Program, Make Your Way (My Way), serving ages 17-24, continued unabated.

"My son’s life will never be the same. At 19, he makes over $3,000 a week, and he's already working on owning his second truck and getting drivers. I will forever be thankful."

 

~Angela

"My son’s life will never be the same. At 19, he makes over $3,000 a week, and he's already working on owning his second truck and getting drivers. I will forever be thankful."

 

~Angela

"My son’s life will never be the same. At 19, he makes over $3,000 a week, and he's already working on owning his second truck and getting drivers. I will forever be thankful."

 

~Angela

How we helped young adults

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YOUNG ADULTS SERVED

0

PEOPLE OF COLOR

0

WAGE INCREASE ON AVERAGE

0

PREGNANT OR PARENTING

During the 2020-21 year, workNet DuPage funded job training and work readiness opportunities for 185 young adults. Post follow-up with program graduates revealed an average earnings increase of 50%. A snapshot of the young adults served demonstrates a commitment to access, equity, and inclusion. With a focus on career pathways within DuPage County’s most in-demand industries, program graduates include new healthcare workers, truck drivers, service professionals, manufacturing apprentices, and more.

Breaking Boundaries

Manufacturing and skilled trades were the top two training choices among ages 17-24 with an increase in the popularity of HVAC/electrical and Computer Numerical Control (CNC) training. This year more female youth launched typically male-dominated CNC-technology careers. Executive Director Lisa Schvach’s "Breaking Boundaries" initiative, designed to raise awareness for nontraditional jobs that pay more, continues to have an impact.

In the community

The center also proudly hosted Building the Next Generation of Manufacturing Talent, advancing DuPage County's Education to Industry Pipeline - a work-based learning pilot which includes local area high schools, employers, College of DuPage, GPS, and TMA (Technology and Manufacturing Association).

How we helped young adults

 

During the 2020-21 year, workNet DuPage funded job training and work readiness opportunities for 185 young adults. Post follow-up with program graduates revealed an average earnings increase of 50%. A snapshot of the young adults served demonstrates a commitment to access, equity, and inclusion. With a focus on career pathways within DuPage County’s most in-demand industries, program graduates include new healthcare workers, truck drivers, service professionals, manufacturing apprentices, and more.

Breaking Boundaries

Manufacturing and skilled trades were the top two training choices among ages 17-24 with an increase in the popularity of HVAC/electrical and Computer Numerical Control (CNC) training. This year more female youth launched typically male-dominated CNC-technology careers. Executive Director Lisa Schvach’s "Breaking Boundaries" initiative, designed to raise awareness for nontraditional jobs that pay more, continues to have an impact.

In the community

The center also proudly hosted Building the Next Generation of Manufacturing Talent, advancing DuPage County's Education to Industry Pipeline - a work-based learning pilot which includes local area high schools, employers, College of DuPage, GPS, and TMA (Technology and Manufacturing Association).

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YOUNG ADULTS SERVED

0

PEOPLE OF COLOR

0

WAGE INCREASE ON AVERAGE

0

PREGNANT OR PARENTING

How we helped young adults

 
During the 2020-21 year, workNet DuPage funded job training and work readiness opportunities for 185 young adults. Post follow-up with program graduates revealed an average earnings increase of 50%. A snapshot of the young adults served demonstrates a commitment to access, equity, and inclusion. With a focus on career pathways within DuPage County’s most in-demand industries, program graduates include new healthcare workers, truck drivers, service professionals, manufacturing apprentices, and more.

Breaking Boundaries

Manufacturing and skilled trades were the top two training choices among ages 17-24 with an increase in the popularity of HVAC/electrical and Computer Numerical Control (CNC) training. This year more female youth launched typically male-dominated CNC-technology careers. Executive Director Lisa Schvach’s "Breaking Boundaries" initiative, designed to raise awareness for nontraditional jobs that pay more, continues to have an impact.

In the community

The center also proudly hosted Building the Next Generation of Manufacturing Talent, advancing DuPage County's Education to Industry Pipeline - a work-based learning pilot which includes local area high schools, employers, College of DuPage, GPS, and TMA (Technology and Manufacturing Association).

185

YOUNG ADULTS SERVED

65%

PEOPLE OF COLOR

50%

WAGE INCREASE ON AVERAGE

15%

PREGNANT OR PARENTING

Marquel obtained his Commercial Driver's License (CDL) at the College of DuPage and quickly gained employment.

Dyana, a young mother, earned an associate degree in Biological and Physical Science from College of DuPage. She went on to obtain her bachelor's from Northern Illinois University and is now applying for a master’s program!

Cameron attended courses at Symbol Training Institute to become a machinist. With three certifications under his belt, he secured a job at Paragon Automation in no time.

Learn more and connect with the program here.

17-24? To connect to these resources

Text MYWAY to 630.857.0842

 

 

Age as an asset

 

We flipped the script for older workers. workNet DuPage equipped residents with the job search skills to secure exciting new job opportunities in their 50s and beyond.

 

Age
as an
asset

We flipped the script for older workers. workNet DuPage equipped residents with the job search skills to secure exciting new job opportunities in their 50s and beyond

Workers 55 and older are the fastest-growing segment of the U.S. labor force.

2X as long

Job seekers 55 and older tend to be out of work substantially longer than their younger counterparts — more than twice as long.

Workers 55 and older are the fastest-growing segment of the U.S. labor force.
 

2X as long

Job seekers 55 and older tend to be out of work substantially longer than their younger counterparts — more than twice as long.

How we helped older workers

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OF WORKNET DUPAGE CLIENTS SERVED WERE 55 OR OLDER

How we helped older job seekers

 

It’s been more than 50 years since Congress outlawed discrimination in hiring on the basis of age, but job seekers still experience it. Despite lower absentee and turnover rates than younger workers, millions of baby boomers who can’t afford to or didn’t want to retire felt pushed out by the pandemic. Research bears this out. A 2020 National Bureau of Economic Research study found that workers over age 40 are only about half as likely to obtain a job offer as younger workers if employers know their age.

Throughout the year, workNet DuPage helped job seekers who reported that age or experience seemed to be working against them. Skilled career counselors provided individualized assistance on how best to combat potential stereotypes.

Resume reviews that highlight recent work experience and interview strategies that place an emphasis on subject matter expertise put clients over the top.

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A QUARTER OF WORKNET DUPAGE CLIENTS SERVED WERE 55 OR OLDER

How we helped older job seekers

 

It’s been more than 50 years since Congress outlawed discrimination in hiring on the basis of age, but job seekers still experience it. Despite lower absentee and turnover rates than younger workers, millions of baby boomers who can’t afford to or didn’t want to retire felt pushed out by the pandemic. Research bears this out. A 2020 National Bureau of Economic Research study found that workers over age 40 are only about half as likely to obtain a job offer as younger workers if employers know their age.

Throughout the year, workNet DuPage helped job seekers who reported that age or experience seemed to be working against them. Skilled career counselors provided individualized assistance on how best to combat potential stereotypes.

Resume reviews that highlight recent work experience and interview strategies that place an emphasis on subject matter expertise put clients over the top.

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A QUARTER OF WORKNET DUPAGE CLIENTS SERVED WERE 55 OR OLDER

From updating an outdated email to eliminating old positions from her resume, Betty refreshed her job search strategy with help from workNet DuPage and secured a great job offer.

 

Advancing
Second
Chances

People with backgrounds who have paid their debt to society deserve a chance to earn a living. When people are given a fair chance, our economy and community benefit.

People with backgrounds who have paid their debt to society deserve a chance to earn a living. When people are given a fair chance, our economy and community benefit.

1 in 3 adults or 70 million Americans — has a criminal record.

Nearly
1 in 3 adults — or 70 million Americans — has a criminal record.

 

How we helped people with backgrounds

 

 

  • Funded clients with backgrounds to attend job training programs and earn industry-recognized credentials
  • Referred clients to second chance employers
  • Guided participants with best practices on how to address criminal records
  • Raised awareness about the Work Opportunity Tax Credit, which gives tax breaks to employers who invest in American job seekers who have consistently faced barriers to employment.  

 

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PEOPLE SERVED WITH FELONY RECORDS

0

PEOPLE WITH MISDEMEANORS

0

AMAZING PARTNERSHIP

How we helped people with backgrounds

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PEOPLE SERVED WITH FELONY RECORDS

0

PEOPLE WITH MISDEMEANORS

0

AMAZING PARTNERSHIP

How we helped people with backgrounds

  • Funded clients with backgrounds to attend job training programs and earn industry-recognized credentials
  • Referred clients to second chance employers
  • Guided participants with best practices on how to address criminal records
  • Raised awareness about the Work Opportunity Tax Credit, which gives tax breaks to employers who invest in American job seekers who have consistently faced barriers to employment. 

 

Impactful Partnerships

Effectively preparing individuals for life after release requires sustained collaboration. No workforce program, mental health agency, or nonprofit can do the work alone. So, workNet DuPage teamed up with JUST of DuPage to support and enhance their work in the DuPage County Jail. Funding through workNet DuPage is projected to triple the number of workforce training program graduates currently in the jail and include mental health and addiction services. Read about it here.

Daniella, a young mom from Naperville, found opportunity at workNet DuPage after serving time in prison due to a battle with drug addiction. “For the first time in my life, I actually have a career,” she says. After attending job training, Daniella launched a career as a welder. She greatly enjoys the hands-on nature of her work.

 

 

Promoting
Inclusion

The workforce development system provides millions of jobseekers the opportunity to learn new skills and obtain new and better jobs, including people with disabilities. In fact, the hallmark of the program is its accessibility to everyone – equal and free of discrimination. This year was no different than any other. workNet DuPage held fast to its commitment to foster a more inclusive workforce, one where every person is fairly compensated and recognized for their abilities — every day of the year.

The workforce development system provides millions of jobseekers the opportunity to learn new skills and obtain new and better jobs, including people with disabilities. In fact, the hallmark of the program is its accessibility to everyone – equal and free of discrimination. This year was no different than any other. workNet DuPage held fast to its commitment to foster a more inclusive workforce, one where every person is fairly compensated and recognized for their abilities — every day of the year.

How we helped people with disabilities

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PEOPLE SERVED THAT IDENTIFIED AS HAVING A DISABILITY

How we helped people with disabilities

 

During the year, workNet DuPage served 112 people that identified as having a disability.

workNet DuPage funded Parents Alliance Employment Project's (PAEP) Inspired by Ability program and Project SEARCH. The award-winning programs provide paid job training that takes place at the workplace for youth with disabilities. Participants received career assessment, job readiness training, and job coaching. Employment and wage outcomes for PAEP participants matched the success of previous years, but this year, notably the number of employers that hosted, and ultimately hired job training participants, increased – a noteworthy and positive trend. From Dietary Aid to Machine Operator, participants discovered a broader variety of employment opportunities. Employers ranged from North Central College, Thriftbooks, and Marion Joy Hospital, to WeatherTech, SWD Metal Finishing and Fastener Sorting, and others.

We strengthened ties with the COACH (Career Opportunities and ACHievement) Program at the College of DuPage to expand access to post-secondary education and vocational opportunities for residents with disabilities. workNet DuPage offered scholarships for people accepted to the program.

Despite a prolonged pandemic, workNet DuPage community outreach remained active. The center staff worked side by side with teachers, school counseling staff, and parents to map out transition goals after high school graduation. Our number one goal: spread the word that people with disabilities seeking employment will find support at workNet DuPage.

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PEOPLE SERVED THAT IDENTIFIED AS HAVING A DISABILITY

How we helped people with disabilities

 

During the year, workNet DuPage served 112 people that identified as having a disability.

workNet DuPage funded Parents Alliance Employment Project's (PAEP) Inspired by Ability program and Project SEARCH. The award-winning programs provide paid job training that take place entirely at the workplace for youth with disabilities. Participants received career assessment, job readiness training, and job coaching. Employment and wage outcomes for PAEP participants matched the success of previous years, but this year, notably the number of employers that hosted, and ultimately hired job training participants, increased – a noteworthy and positive trend. From Dietary Aid to Machine Operator, participants discovered a range of employment opportunities. Employers ranged from North Central College, Thriftbooks, and Marion Joy Hospital, to WeatherTech, SWD Metal Finishing and Fastener Sorting, and others.

We strengthened ties with the COACH (Career Opportunities and ACHievement) Program at the College of DuPage to expand access to post-secondary education and vocational opportunities for residents with disabilities. workNet DuPage offered scholarships for people accepted to the program.

workNet DuPage community outreach remained active despite a prolonged pandemic. The center staff worked side by side with teachers, school counseling staff, and parents to map out transition goals after high school graduation. Our number one goal: spread the word that people with disabilities seeking employment will find support at workNet DuPage.

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PEOPLE SERVED THAT IDENTIFIED AS HAVING A DISABILITY

Peter from Naperville participated in the Inspired by Ability Program which workNet DuPage proudly funds. The job training program run by Parents Alliance includes job readiness workshops and job coaching. The focus is on gainful competitive, integrated employment which means working in the community with everyone else. “The Inspired by Ability Program really does work to find you an internship and a job,” Peter says.

 

Reaching
those
most in need

Prior to COVID-19, across northeastern Illinois, homelessness had dropped to its lowest point in more than a decade, with the greatest decrease in DuPage County. With shelters and other congregate settings such as churches forced to close during the pandemic, sadly homelessness increased and the need for supportive services was greater. With the DuPage County Board at the helm, we're rising to the challenge.

Prior to COVID-19, across northeastern Illinois, homelessness had dropped to its lowest point in more than a decade, with the greatest decrease in DuPage County. With shelters and other congregate settings such as churches forced to close during the pandemic, sadly homelessness increased and the need for supportive services was greater. With the DuPage County Board at the helm, we're rising to the challenge.

Myth

Homeless people are dangerous and violent.

Myth

“Bad choices” lead to homelessness.

Myth

The homeless are not part of “our community.”

How we helped people experiencing or at risk of homelessness

To meet the moment, we teamed up with partner programs and agencies that serve people experiencing homelessness, such as DuPage Pads, Bridge Communities, and DuPage County Community Services.

During the year, DuPage County made great strides when it granted $5M of American Rescue Plan funds to help DuPage Pads purchase a permanent structure in Downers Grove to provide housing. With the groundwork laid, workNet DuPage and DuPage Pads are well underway in planning to expand collaborative employment and training services for those experiencing homelessness even further.

PARTNERSHIPS ARE PARAMOUNT

DuPagePads signature year-round programs provide food and shelter to individuals experiencing homelessness, and connect them to case management and other services that address the root cause of their homelessness. Learn more here.
Based in Glen Ellyn, Bridge offers transitional housing and support services to families experiencing homelessness in DuPage County. Learn more here.
DuPage County Department of Community Services connects citizens with programs that can assist them in many areas, such as financial, housing and health services. Learn more here.

Marjorie found herself homeless and looking for a new path forward. With a workNet DuPage Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) grant, Marjorie enrolled at College of DuPage where she earned a degree in Library Science and gained valuable practicum experience. She went on to earn an additional scholarship and enrolled in a master’s program at Dominican University.

Welcoming new Americans into the labor market

One in four community college students is an immigrant and ESL classes are the fastest-growing segment of adult education. To meet the growing need, and critical value, of welcoming new Americans into the labor market, workNet DuPage continued its partnership with World Relief DuPage Aurora – now three years strong.

 

Welcoming
New Americans
into the labor market

One in four community college students is an immigrant and ESL classes are the fastest-growing segment of adult education. To meet the growing need, and critical value, of welcoming new Americans into the labor market, workNet DuPage continued its partnership with World Relief DuPage Aurora – now three years strong.

One in four community college students is an immigrant.

One in four community college students is an immigrant.

How we helped New Americans

 

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ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERS SERVED

0

REFUGEES, ASYLEES, & IMMIGRANTS SERVED IN PARTNERSHIP WITH WORLD RELIEF

How we helped New Americans

 

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ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERS SERVED

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REFUGEES, ASYLEES, & IMMIGRANTS SERVED IN PARTNERSHIP WITH WORLD RELIEF

This year workNet DuPage’s federal job-training dollars provided the opportunity for 109 English-language learners to gain critical skills and certifications in the most in-demand sectors of the regional economy. Skills training and employment services combined fostered integration and reduced labor shortages.

Program participants this year included people from Myanmar, Eritrea, Bhutan, Uganda, Democratic Republic of Congo, Afghanistan, Iran, Sudan, and Angola.

While new Americans may choose to pursue different industries, a significant number have pursued manufacturing and transportation careers, filling a critical need among area employers.

workNet DuPage proudly sponsored World Relief’s Youth Workforce Development program to serve immigrant youth. The employment program provides young adults, ages 18-24, opportunities to attain industry recognized credentials. The program has served 54 youth who have been placed in training programs and employment opportunities in manufacturing, information technology, and other key sectors.

We’re showing no signs of slowing down. Plans to assist displaced Afghans build financially stable lives for themselves and their families are already underway.

How we helped New Americans

 

This year workNet DuPage’s federal job-training dollars provided the opportunity for 109 English-language learners to gain critical skills and certifications in the most in-demand sectors of the regional economy. Skills training and employment services combined fostered integration and reduced labor shortages.

Program participants this year included people from Myanmar, Eritrea, Bhutan, Uganda, Democratic Republic of Congo, Afghanistan, Iran, Sudan, and Angola.

While new Americans may choose to pursue different industries, a significant number have pursued manufacturing and transportation careers, filling a critical need among area employers.

workNet DuPage proudly sponsored World Relief’s Youth Workforce Development program to serve immigrant youth. The employment program provides young adults, ages 18-24, opportunities to attain industry recognized credentials. The program has served 54 youth who have been placed in training programs and employment opportunities in manufacturing, information technology, and other key sectors.

We’re showing no signs of slowing down. Plans to assist displaced Afghans build financially stable lives for themselves and their families are already underway.

How we helped new americans

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ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERS SERVED

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REFUGEES, ASYLEES, & IMMIGRANTS SERVED IN PARTNERSHIP WITH WORLD RELIEF

How we helped New Americans

 

This year workNet DuPage’s federal job-training dollars provided the opportunity for 109 English-language learners to gain critical skills and certifications in the most in-demand sectors of the regional economy. Skills training and employment services combined fostered integration and reduced labor shortages.

Program participants this year included people from Myanmar, Eritrea, Bhutan, Uganda, Democratic Republic of Congo, Afghanistan, Iran, Sudan, and Angola.

While new Americans may choose to pursue different industries, a significant number have pursued manufacturing and transportation careers, filling a critical need among area employers.

workNet DuPage proudly sponsored World Relief’s Youth Workforce Development program to serve immigrant youth. The employment program provides young adults, ages 18-24, opportunities to attain industry recognized credentials. The program has served 54 youth who have been placed in training programs and employment opportunities in manufacturing, information technology, and other key sectors.

We’re showing no signs of slowing down. Plans to assist displaced Afghans build financially stable lives for themselves and their families are already underway.

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ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERS SERVED

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REFUGEES, ASYLEES, & IMMIGRANTS SERVED IN PARTNERSHIP WITH WORLD RELIEF

Mom. Refugee. Boundary Breaker.
“It’s not hard for women and I encourage any woman she can do it.” Meet Sawsan, a workNet DuPage client originally from Sudan, Africa. The mom of two trained to be a CNC Machinist, a traditionally male-dominated field. We’re inspired year-round by our refugee clients like Sawsan who are building careers – starting over from scratch - to provide safety and a better life for their families.

"My life has changed because the possibilities are endless. My past challenges cannot hold me back now because I have a trade that is in high demand."
-Norice

Job Seeker?

Business?

"My life has changed because the possibilities are endless. My past challenges cannot hold me back now because I have a trade that is in high demand."
-Norice

Job Seeker?

Business?

Governance
Daniel J. Cronin,
DuPage County Board Chairman

Lisa Schvach, Executive Director

DuPage County Economic Development Committee

Amy Chavez, Chair
Ashley Selmon, Vice Chair
Peter DiCianni
Sheila Rutledge
Julie Renehan
Grant Eckhoff

DuPage County Workforce Innovation Board
Kate Wollensak, Chair
Ian Hardie, Secretary
Joseph Cassidy, Treasurer
Jane Clark, Vice Chair
Dan Allen
Kevin Bass

Greg Bedalov
Patrick Chandler
Marianne Considine
Laura Crawford
Dan Deasy
Kim Dolder
Michelle Einfelt
Jeffrey Feucht
Calvin Giles
Beatriz Gonzalez
Tamryn Hennessy
TJ Jarman 

Mary Keating

Marilyn Liwanag
Nisha Patel
Rosanne Potter
Tiffany Rotondo
Darlene Ruscitti
Susan Ryan
Barry Saltzman
Barbara Szczepaniak
Christine Torres
Tom Wendorf

Governance
Daniel J. Cronin,
DuPage County Board Chairman

Lisa Schvach, Executive Director

DuPage County Economic Development Committee

Amy Chavez, Chair
Ashley Selmon, Vice Chair
Peter DiCianni
Sheila Rutledge
Julie Renehan
Grant Eckhoff

DuPage County Workforce Innovation Board
Kate Wollensak, Chair
Ian Hardie, Secretary
Joseph Cassidy, Treasurer
Jane Clark, Vice Chair
Dan Allen
Kevin Bass
Greg Bedalov
Patrick Chandler
Marianne Considine

Laura Crawford
Dan Deasy
Kim Dolder
Michelle Einfelt
Jeffrey Feucht
Calvin Giles
Beatriz Gonzalez
Tamryn Hennessy
TJ Jarman 

Mary Keating

Marilyn Liwanag
Nisha Patel
Rosanne Potter
Tiffany Rotondo
Darlene Ruscitti
Susan Ryan
Barry Saltzman
Barbara Szczepaniak
Christine Torres
Tom Wendorf

Federally funded, locally driven, workNet DuPage is DuPage County’s workforce development agency operating under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). For the job seekers and employers we serve each year, our no-cost services make all the difference.

 

This workforce product was funded by a grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration. 

This workforce product was funded by a grant awarded by the
U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration.