October 27, 2020
The RPC’s Workforce Development services at East Central Illinois workNet (1307 N. Mattis Avenue in Champaign) will reopen to clients in a limited capacity starting on November 2. It will be the first time these services have been available on an in-person basis since East Central Illinois workNet closed to the public in mid-March, at which time all appointments shifted to being held over the phone or virtually.
The Workforce Development services provided by the RPC serve everyone from youth to adults to those who have been laid off or lost their jobs or wages. Applications are now being accepted online. Interested individuals can also print the application, fill it out, and leave it in the drop box maintained by the RPC at East Central Illinois workNet (at the building’s front entrance). People can also schedule an in-person appointment with one of the RPC’s Career Educators by e-mailing workNetservices@ccrpc.org or by calling 217-531-8282.
“The RPC’s Workforce Development services create opportunities for youth and adults to pursue an education, build meaningful careers, and find good paying jobs that will enhance their quality of life,” says Dr. Justin Arnold, the RPC’s Workforce Development Director. “Reopening means that we can once again provide the face-to-face services and access to technology that some customers need to succeed.”
In addition to helping area residents jumpstart their careers, Dr. Arnold is also reaching out to community organizations. “In these difficult times, we are asking community organizations, including faith-based nonprofits, to help us reach the people who need our services the most. If your organization serves people, please contact us so we can discuss how the RPC can support your mission.”
Through the RPC’s Workforce Development services, individuals can learn how to pursue training and professional certifications in many rewarding fields, including Information Technology, Healthcare, Transportation, Distribution and Logistics, and Manufacturing. From entry to executive levels, they can qualify for grants of up to $16,000 to upgrade their skills. All individuals coming into East Central Illinois workNet for an appointment will be required to wear masks and maintain proper social distancing.