August 27, 2019
The RPC is opening a new office for its Workforce Development program in Douglas County. Located at 401 S. Main Street in Tuscola, the office opens on Monday, September 9, and will be open every Monday from 8:30am to 12:30pm and every Wednesday from 1-5pm.
The RPC’s Workforce Development program links people to the education and training resources they need to earn degrees and credentials so that they can excel in many of today’s top industries and occupations, such as Healthcare, Information Technology, Construction/Skilled Trades, Transportation/Logistics, and Manufacturing.
“There are employers in Douglas County seeking well-trained candidates to meet their needs,” says Toriana Rhone, the RPC’s Workforce Development program manager. “We hope to help job seekers in the county start down the road to a rewarding career and prepare them for 21st century success.”
Some of the services available to Douglas County residents are orientations, a job search resource room, job fairs, individualized assistance/career assessment, grants/scholarships, and job club. There are also a variety of programs available to youth between the ages of 14-24, such as career planning, skill training, on-the-job training, and résumé and interview training.
“We match employers with the skilled workers they need to compete in the global economy,” Rhone explains. “Our case managers work with clients every step of the way, helping them access employment, education, training, and support services so they can succeed in today’s competitive labor market.”
The RPC’s Workforce Development program administers the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). The program assists clients with job search resources while providing specific education and training opportunities for low-income, underemployed, and dislocated workers. The Douglas County office in Tuscola will be staffed by Justin Price, who has been with the Workforce Development program a little over a year but previously lived in Douglas county for over five years.
Price brings knowledge of the community and is skilled at working with job seekers on their path to a rewarding career. He can be reached by phone at 217-599-1426. The RPC maintains additional Workforce Development offices in Champaign, Ford, Iroquois and Piatt Counties.