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.

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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!

Our CEO Karin M. Norington-Reaves spoke with WTTW’s Chicago Tonight; to discuss the premiere of “To Be Determined,” a four-part series that follows three young adults travel the Eastern United States pursuing self-discovery and career exploration. One of the young people featured, Yasmine Tolbert of south suburban Harvey, is an alumna of Phalanx Family Services, a mentoring, workforce training, and educational advancement agency on the southside supported by The Partnership.

CEO Karin M. Norington-Reaves discussed the Contact Tracing grant The Partnership received from the City of Chicago and the Chicago Department of Public Health to help stem the transmission of COVID-19 and create a diverse healthcare workforce on WGN-TV news. 

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.

The City of Chicago and the Chicago Department of Public Health awarded $56 million to the Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership.

Contact tracers will earn $20 per hour, with supervisors making $24 per hour. 85% of the funds awarded will be sub-granted to at least 30 community-based organizations.

These organizations will then recruit and hire individuals who have historically faced barriers to employment to train as contact tracers and beyond.

If you’re a community based organization or job seeker interested in contact tracing, please visit

The Partnership is hiring! We are currently looking for a COVID-19 Response Project Director, COVID-19 Program Coordinator, Fiscal Monitor and Fiscal Accountant. Join our team of hardworking and passionate workforce professionals today!

To Be Determined, an inspiring film about three young people eager to figure out their career path as they travel the country to learn from software engineers, CEOs, campaign managers and workforce leaders. The Partnership’s very own Yasmine Tolbert, of Harvey, IL, an alum of Phalanx Family Services, and our CEO, Karin M. Norington-Reaves, are featured.

Made possible by AT&T, Roadtrip Nation hosted a YouTube Q&A to discuss what the future of work could look like—and how you can carve out new opportunities for yourself in the midst of change.

Tune in to hear from leaders and alumni of workforce development programs across the country and get insights into how you can face change head-on and confidently take your next step—no matter where you’re at on your career path.

The Partnership is committed to providing immediate job opportunities to job seekers affected by COVID 19. Please visit our “Who’s Hiring Page?” for up to date job postings, job descriptions, and wage information.

Now more than ever, The Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership is working to ensure jobseekers and employers have access to resources, services, and trainings. Please visit our “Resource Page” for updates on individual financial assistance programs, small business relief funds, Cook County and City of Chicago initiatives, and much more.

In case you missed it, watch ‘The Doc Is In: Ask Dr. Arwady” featuring our CEO Karin M. Norington-Reaves as she shares how The Partnership is working to serve the Chicagoland area’s workforce during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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.