Lawrence M. Walsh
JOLIET – The Workforce Center of Will County February schedule, which includes workshops offered by the Workforce Services Division of Will County, Illinois Department of Employment Security and Joliet Junior College, has been released.
The February schedule includes a new workshop, Alison.com Orientation. Susan Flessner, manager of the WCWC, said Alison offers more than 1,000 free online courses in more than 300 categories. Orientation incudes an overview of the courses and categories and how to set up an Alison account. It will be offered at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 13
Career Cafe will meet at 9:30 a.m. Tuesdays, Feb. 6, 13 and 27. Career Cafe is a networking event designed to connect people looking for work. In addition to sharing tips with other job seekers and learning job search techniques, participants will hear from guest speakers sharing their hiring expertise. To reserve a seat at Career Cafe, call (815) 727-5679.
At 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays, Feb. 6, 13 and 27, IDES will present Illinois JobLink, a workshop teaching users how to register on Illinois JobLink by creating and uploading resumes to the site, with tips on how to get the most views from employers. Also on the agenda will be how to search for jobs on the site and how to complete a work search record.
A workshop on Microsoft Word will be offered at 10:30 a.m. Thursdays, Feb. 8 and 15, and 1:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 26. The basics of how to use Microsoft Word in a job search and in creating a professional looking resume and cover letter will be taught. Basic Microsoft Excel will be offered at 10:30 a.m. Thursdays, Feb. 1 and 22, and 1:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 5.
Microsoft PowerPoint will be offered at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 28. Learn how to create a professional presentation.
Job Readiness gives participants an overview of resources for job seekers, including networking, completing applications, resumes, interviewing and Illinois JobLink. It will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Wednesdays, Feb. 7 and 21.
Math Review will be offered at 2 p.m. every Tuesday. A review of basic math skills such as addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, decimals, percentages and integers will be covered.
Standout Resumes will be offered at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 2. Participants may then schedule one-on-one resume reviews with WSD staff.
Participants will learn job interviewing techniques at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 8, in Successful Interviewing. Learn how to prepare for a job interview, be confident and make a positive impression. Attendees may schedule an individual, digitally recorded mock interview after completing the workshop.
LinkedIn Lab, which will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 9, will help job seekers make the most of their basic LinkedIn accounts. Participants may either set up a basic account ahead of time or staff will help them set one up during the workshop.
Networking Workshop will help job seekers learn how to develop relationships and contacts with relatives, friends and acquaintances that can assist with the job search. This class also shows how social media fits in with networking for employment. The workshop will be held at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 20.
A session on job search skills, Master Your Job Search, will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 23. The workshops will include a review of basic job search techniques, including networking and how to use the internet to conduct a job search.
Workshops last about an hour, depending upon class size, except for Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and LinkedIn Lab, which run approximately 90 minutes each. All workshops are offered at no cost to Will County residents.
All workshops except Career Cafe are offered on a walk-in basis.
Training is also available at Workforce Center of Will County.
Career scholarships are available to Will County residents who meet eligibility guidelines and are interested in occupations in demand in Will County. The first step in applying for a career scholarship is to attend an Industry Orientation workshop. Sessions are available based on the industry or occupation. To register, go to www.jobs4people.org or call (815) 727-4444.
Sessions for workers interested in professional, financial and information technology will be held at 1:30 p.m. Thursdays, Feb. 8 and 22, and Monday, Feb. 26, and 9 a.m. Friday, Feb. 16.
Orientation for those interested in the healthcare field will be offered at 1:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 5, and 9 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 13, Friday, Feb. 23, and Tuesday, Feb. 27.
Industry Orientation for manufacturing, transportation, distribution and logistics will be held at 1:30 p.m. Thursdays, Feb. 1 and 15, and 9 a.m. Tuesdays, Feb. 6 and 20.
There will be an Adult Education Information Session at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 13. At this session, the services that the Joliet Junior College Department of Adult Education and Literacy will be explained. Students will be able to test and immediately sign up for classes.
On The Job Training Orientation will be offered at 10 a.m. Mondays, Feb. 5 and 26, and Tuesday, Feb. 20. On the job training is available to Will County residents interested in learning new skills while working. It is available in a range of industries including manufacturing, healthcare, information technology and transportation, warehousing and logistics.
Also newly added to the schedule at the WCWC is a High School (GED) Equivalency class covering math, science, English, reading, writing and Social Studies in preparation for the HSE test. The class runs from 9 to 11:45 a.m. Monday, Feb. 5, Wednesday, Feb. 7, Wednesday, Feb. 14, Wednesday, Feb. 21, Monday, Feb. 26, and Wednesday, Feb. 28. For additional information or to register, call (815) 280-1333.
Reservations are also required to attend Industry Orientation sessions. Adult Education and On The Job Training Orientation are offered on a walk-in basis.
In addition, the WCWC hosts weekly job fairs at which job seekers can meet with multiple employers. In February, the two-hour sessions will be held at 9 a.m. Friday, Feb. 2, 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 7, 9 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 15, and 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 20.
“The WCWC is truly a one-stop center for Will County residents who are seeking employment assistance,” said Flessner. “Through all of these agencies, residents can access many different job search programs, hone their job skills, and learn about additional training opportunities.”
The Workforce Center of Will County is at 2400 Glenwood Ave., Suite 100. For more information about WCWC, visit www.will.works.