COVID-19 Workforce Development-Related Information

The Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership will remain open and operational during this heightened time of awareness due to the COVID-19 virus. Our staff is working hard to provide resources to both employers and job seekers alike. To learn more, read a message from our Chief Executive Officer.

Contact Tracing

The City of Chicago and the Chicago Department of Public Health announced a $56 million grant award to the Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership to create 600 contact tracing jobs to combat the spread of COVID-19. To learn more, read a message from our Chief Executive Officer.

Read the media release.

Chicago COVID Contact Tracing Corps Community-Based Organizations Announced

Read the media release.

We’re placing more than 14,000 people in employment annually. Helping more than 2000 employers retain staff and find quality hires. Providing service through our network of more than 53 providers.  All services are FREE!  Connect with The Partnership, today!

The Partnership’s CEO Karin M. Norington-Reaves joined Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and 16 year MLB veteran, first Latino World Series winning manager and now television personality Ozzie Guillen for Cook County’s Racial Equity Week 2020 to discuss the progress Cook County has made towards Racial Equity for the African American and Latinx communities, while acknowledging there is still work to be done to make Cook County equitable for all its residents.

The Partnership joins Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot to announce the 31 Community Based Organizations (CBOs) selected to hire individuals for Chicago’s COVID Contact Tracing Corps (Corps).

In July, The Partnership received a two-year, $56 million grant from the City of Chicago and the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) to serve as the Lead Coordinating Organization overseeing this program.

As the LWIA (Local Workforce Investment Area) for Chicago and Cook County, The Partnership is receiving $4.275 million from a Disaster Recovery Grant Program and $3.875 million from an Employment Recovery Grant Program, both of which are part of the National Dislocated Worker Program. The grants are intended to provide dislocated workers employment and training while assisting with local disaster relief programs and in-demand industries connected to the ongoing crisis. 

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We’ve partnered with Roadtrip Nation to create a Young Adult Workforce Development Portal, a career exploration tool for young adults in the Chicagoland area. This portal allows young adults the opportunity to connect with workforce resources and virtual job shadowing experiences across industry sectors.

Visit the portal today, and find your path.

Improve your online skills with a digital literacy webinar!

The Partnership is hosting FREE digital literacy training courses available in both English and Spanish.

Please join us for introductory courses on email management, Mircosoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and more. Please register at least 24 hrs before the event starts. 

¡Mejore sus habilidades en línea con un seminario virtual virtual de alfabetización digital!

The Partnership está organizando clases virtuales GRATUITAS de capacitación en alfabetización digital disponibles en inglés y español. Únase a nosotros para los cursos introductorios sobre administración de correo electrónico, Mircosoft Word, Excel mas. Regístrese 24 horas antes de la hora de inicio programada.