Counselor Academy - Macomb, February 3, 2009
The Counselor Academy was held on February 3, 2009 in Macomb. Union Trade representatives, Laverdiere Construction Inc, Raphael Obregon, Chairperson, Department of Engineering Technology and Ryan Phelps of Klinger & Associates provided the Career Guidance Counselors information on the Building & Construction Industry.
Cass - Schuyler County Youth Academy, April 8, 2009
The Cass - Schuyler County Youth Academy was held on April 8, 2009 in Rushville. Students were shown the various career exploration resources available on Illinois workNet.
WIB Meeting - June 9, 2009
The Workforce Investment Board of Western Illinois met in Galesburg on June 9, 2009. The guest speaker was David Bradley of the National Workforce Association. His presentation was on the Workforce and the Times: How the Workforce System is Faring Within the Obama Administration and the 111th Congress. In addition leadership awards were presented to Antonio Corral and Jim Hankes of Thrushwood Farms. The Entrepreneurs, Pioneers and Innovators Club (EPIC) also provided a presentation.
Elevate America Launch - Quincy Workforce Service Center - July 31, 2009
The Quincy Workforce Service Center was selected as one of six sites state-wide to launch Elevate America. Elevate America is a partnership between the Microsoft Corporation and the State of Illinois to offer no cost technology e-learning opportunities to Illinois residents.
Quincy Celebrates Workforce Development Week - August 27, 2009The Quincy Workforce Service Center celebrated Workforce Development Week on August 27, 2009 by hosting a "Business Before Hours" for the Quincy Chamber of Commerce.
Galesburg Celebrates Workforce Development Week 2009 - September 2, 2009
The Galesburg Workforce Service Center celebrated Workforce Development Week on September 2, 2009 by conducting Illinois workNet Resume Builder demonstrations to customers.
Elevate America News Conference - Spoon River College - Workforce Investment Board of Western Illinois Partnership - September 24, 2009The Spoon River College Community Outreach Center in partnership with the Workforce Investment Board of Western Illinois hosted a News Conference in Macomb on September 24, 2009 to make the general public aware of Elevate America opportunities.
WIB Meeting - September 30, 2009
The Workforce Investment Board of Western Illinois met in Quincy on September 30, 2009. The program included a demonstration on Illinois workNet, tour of John Wood Community College Workforce Development Center, Green Jobs and ARRA WIA Summer Youth Program presentations.
Individual Achievement Award Winner
Workforce Development Conference 2009 - October 2009
Josette Gipson of Monmouth was the winner of the Workforce Investment Board of Western Illinois' Individual Achievement Award for 2009. Overcoming a myriad of challenges and adversity, Josette's steadfast determination and drive for success, helped her to complete her Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN) certification. Commenting on WIA's assistance in helping her to achieve her goal, Josette said, "Without WIA assistance, I would not have been able to finish school. It was a big weight being lifted off my shoulders. I would not have been able to accept the offer of a position in the LPN class without WIA because I had no way to pay for it. I don't know when I would have been able to go to school." Josette received official recognition at the 2009 Workforce Development Conference banquet held on October 22, 2009 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Springfield, IL.
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