During the COVID-19 public health emergency, all of our agencies remained closed to the public.  Our staff is working hard to ensure we maintain services to employers and jobseekers alike. 

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A message from our Chief Executive Officer: COVID-19 – How the Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership is helping.

Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Chicago Department of Public Health Commissioner Allison Arwady, M.D. have issued a call for assistance from the medical community and are seeking to hire healthcare workers immediately to help the City of Chicago in its COVID-19 response efforts.


“Our vision of the future is that every person will have the skills to build a career and every business will have the talent it needs to compete in a global economy.”

-Karin Norington-Reaves
CEO Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership



WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act) Local + Regional Plans


A strategic vision for the next four years:  a federally-mandated opportunity for us to reflect on our accomplishments to date; align strategies with the City and County imperatives for workforce and economic development; and ensure that we are meeting the needs of the unemployed, underemployed and the local business community.




The Hospitality Hires Chicago initiative began as a way to provide a strategic approach to bringing together high demand industry professionals with employers.  Each year a high number of job vacancies go unfilled due to the limited access to qualified candidates.



Opportunity Works trains young adults in suburban Cook County and connects them with businesses that are looking for new employees. If you are selected for this program, you will participate in a paid internship that will expose you to exciting careers that you may not have thought about before. Opportunity Works will also connect you to the resources you need to get a well-paying job.




ConstructionWorks Powered by the Illinois Tollway is a FREE program designed to link job seekers with opportunities for rewarding careers in Illinois’ high-demand transportation related construction industry.



An Initiative of the Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership

Chicago Codes

Creating Career Opportunities Through Coding