March 24, 2022
Job training services through East Central Illinois workNet are available to those attending classes at Parkland College this Summer. The first 50 qualifying individuals to apply will receive job training services that include tuition payments. Applications can be submitted from March 21 through April 24 online here.
East Central Illinois workNet provides job training services to eligible low-income and skills-deficient individuals to help them overcome barriers and secure full-time, self-sustaining employment. People can qualify if they have received state benefits, including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), in the last six months; if they have received UI benefits; if they are skills-deficient; or based on their income and household size.
“There are tens of thousands of people in poverty in our community, many with barriers to employment,” says Dr. Justin Arnold, the RPC’s Workforce Development Director. “The path out of poverty is to get at least some college education, as well as supportive services. East Central Illinois workNet is here to provide those services and help jumpstart a number of different careers.”
Job training services available through East Central Illinois workNet include a career assessment to match interests and abilities with local in-demand jobs, help with choosing a college program of interest, and support while completing job training. That support offered to clients includes childcare and transportation reimbursements, as well as payment for tuition, books, and fees.
“These 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,” Arnold stresses. “We strongly encourage all eligible individuals attending Parkland College this Summer to apply during our application window and not miss out on a tremendous opportunity.”
A program of the RPC, East Central Illinois workNet assists clients with job search resources while providing specific education and training opportunities for low-income, underemployed, and dislocated workers in Champaign, Douglas, Ford, Iroquois, and Piatt Counties. Based at the Illinois workNet Center in Champaign (1307 N. Mattis Avenue), the program is focused on helping meet the needs of businesses, job seekers, and those who want to further their careers.