August 31, 2022
A new Mobile Workforce Center will allow the RPC’s Workforce Development program to meet directly with job seekers in the five-county area it serves. The vehicle will travel to events throughout Champaign, Douglas, Ford, Iroquois, and Piatt Counties, utilizing its six-person classroom to talk to people about career pathways in industries like manufacturing, logistics, construction, agricultural technology, business services, and healthcare. RPC staff will also provide job search assistance and help connect residents to local resources using a Wi-Fi hot spot and laptops.
The Workforce Development program provides career services to anyone, regardless of age, income, or employment status. Activities provided in the Mobile Workforce Center include the distribution of labor market information for the region’s six growth industries, a discussion of career pathways in those industries, job search assistance (including resume reviews and posting resumes online), and an orientation on local community services, such as job training grants, adult education, and disability assistance.
“Getting information about local in-demand jobs, growth industries, and career pathways to area residents is a primary objective of workforce development,” says Dr. Justin Arnold, the RPC’s Workforce Development Director. “Empowered by knowledge and supported with technology, we can help people make informed decisions about regional opportunities.”
The Mobile Workforce Center’s first event will take place during October’s Manufacturing Month, when RPC will collaborate with other community stakeholders to promote local jobs and job training opportunities in the manufacturing industry. Then, starting in Spring 2023, the Mobile Workforce Center will travel to various community events throughout East Central Illinois.
Community organizations such as libraries, faith-based organizations, nonprofit organizations, and other groups serving low-income and skill-deficient populations that would like to have the Center at their events in 2023 are urged to contact workNetservices@ccrpc.org for more information.
The Champaign County Regional Planning Commission is a partner organization of East Central Illinois workNet (ECIW). As part of the ECIW, RPC assists clients with job search resources while providing specific education and training opportunities for low-income, underemployed, and unemployed workers in Champaign, Douglas, Ford, Iroquois, and Piatt Counties. Based at the East Central Illinois workNet Center in Champaign, and with a satellite office in each of the four surrounding counties, RPC’s Workforce Development program is focused on helping job seekers and career builders, and facilitating onboarding and upskilling training projects with employers.
The RPC is the fiscal agent and grant administrator of Title I federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) funds for East Central Illinois. Core partners at East Central Illinois workNet include the Illinois Department of Employment Security, the Illinois Department of Human Services, and Parkland College.