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Meet The Partnership

The Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership (The Partnership) is a non-profit organization operating one of the largest public workforce systems in the country. The Partnership’s diverse staff is proud to live and work in Chicago and Cook County’s communities; we are your friends and neighbors working to bring careers and a talented local workforce to regional residents.

By The Numbers

2022-2023 Program Year

$ 0 M

Invested into Individual Training Accounts


Individual Training
Accounts created

0 %

Employment rate post-training from Individual Training Accounts

$ 0 M

Invested in Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) funding


 Individuals placed into registered apprenticeships


Career-seekers, including adults, dislocated workers, & youth received services

$ 0 M

Employer reimbursement for on-the-job training
(417 adults, 223 dislocated workers, 15 youth)

$ 0 K

Employer reimbursement provided for Incumbent Worker Training projects

Serving Career Seekers & Employer-Partners

American Job Centers

The 10 American Job Centers (AJCs), 5 in suburban Cook County and 5 in Chicago, offer a range of employment services for adults, out-of-school youth, job seekers, incumbent workers,
and businesses.

The Partnership oversees a network of more than 90 community-based organizations made up of American Job Centers, satellite sites, and sector-driven centers.


The Partnership contracts with scaleLIT as the “one-stop operator” to assist in coordination and oversight of the AJC network. Throughout the past program year, the scaleLIT team hosted regular monthly partner meetings and provided customized resource newsletters highlighting programs and upcoming events at each of the ten AJCs.

Working With Employer Partners

Information Technology Sector Center


Job orders, focusing on providing access to career opportunities in the IT sector.

Carmencita, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, completed IT Infrastructure training in networking and systems administration. Upon completion, she was referred to The Partnership’s IT Sector Center where a career coach supported her with resume building and interviewing skills.

Hospitality and Tourism Sector Center


Businesses assisted


Supported hiring positions


Career Seekers Hired

The Hospitality and Tourism Sector Center collaborates with agencies and job centers to provide essential WIOA workforce services for businesses and career seekers in suburban Cook County and Chicago, focusing on the crucial hospitality industry.

Transportation, Distribution and Logistics


Positions recruited for


On-The-Job Training opportunities

Juan was hired and promoted at Best Solutions as a result of the TDL Sector Center’s partnership with Blue Horizons Truck Driving School. Site Manager Agata praises Juan for his exceptional attitude and willingness to learn.

Healthcare Sector Center


Job Openings


Individuals placed into healthcare employment

Jackee was referred to the Healthcare Sector Center with a high school diploma. He was invited to attend a customized job readiness workshop and in May of 2023, was offered the position of Patient Escort with On-The-Job-Training (OJT). The OJT provided the opportunity to get hands-on training while also receiving career support.

Construction Sector


Career seekers found opportunities in the construction sector


Average hourly wage of career seekers in construction sector


In partnership with Crudup Construction via the Illinois Tollway’s Construction Works program, The Partnership facilitates pre-apprenticeship programs for individuals interested in trades. In 2023, out of 30 participants, over half successfully transitioned into apprenticeships across
various trades.

Manufacturing Sector


Career seekers placed into roles


Average hourly wage

Michael had been working in the manufacturing industry for about 22 years and lost his job due to the pandemic. Michael worked with a career coach at an American Job Center, took classes in IT with a focus on Network Administration and began a new career at the Chicago Transit Authority.

Paths to Success of the Past Program Year

Partnership Funding Information

2023 Annual Report

From working with career seekers to career providers (employers)
The Partnership’s work is critical to our regional economy.
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