Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership Receives Approval for $4M Grant to Launch New Construction Workforce Initiative with the Illinois Tollway

May 29, 2018 Media Release

New Initiative Will Increase Diversity Among Workers and Ensure Access to Job Opportunities CHICAGO, IL – The Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership (The Partnership) will launch a new construction workforce initiative in collaboration with the Illinois Tollway after receiving unanimous approval from the Tollway’s board.  The Partnership will provide pre-apprenticeship training and support services to underemployed …

Opportunity Works

April 12, 2017 Request for Proposals

Opportunity Works is a program providing sector-driven internships for young adults in suburban Cook County Download Brochure Help us make a difference in the lives of our young adults. Make a donation today! About the program: More than 33,000 young adults are disconnected from both work and school, in suburban Cook County. At the same time, …

New Location for Garfield Workforce Center

December 14, 2016 News

The Garfield Workforce Center is relocating to 605 S. Albany, Chicago, Illinois 60612, on Monday, January 9, 2017. The 10 S. Kedzie location will remain open for business until Thursday, January 5, 2017. Some operations may be hampered as they prepare to relocate, please call (773) 722-3885 before visiting the center.

Walmart Foundation Aims to Increase Economic Mobility in Growing Retail Industry Through an Investment that Strengthens Career Services Programs Nationwide

September 7, 2016 News

Sept. 7, 2016 – As a next step in an effort to increase economic mobility of workers in retail and adjacent sectors in the U.S., the Walmart Foundation today announced 10 Workforce Development Boards (WDBs) across the country will receive funding from The Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership (The Partnership). The Partnership selected 10 WDBs to …

Cook County job training chief: $60 million budget not enough to meet need

July 8, 2016 News

When Karin Norington-Reaves was asked to take over Cook County’s beleaguered jobs training agency more than five years ago, her exact words, as she recalls, were: “Hell, no.” What was then the President’s Office of Employment Training had been subject to several federal investigations that resulted in criminal prosecutions for embezzlement and fraud. Once Norington-Reaves …

The Partnership Receives $10.9 Million Grant

March 14, 2016 News

By Lauren Zumbach | Contact Reporter | Chicago Tribune The Walmart Foundation is giving a Chicago and Cook County workforce agency $10.9 million to provide education and employment services for retail workers. The grant will fund retail-oriented programs in Chicago and 10 other locations, Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership CEO Karin Norington-Reaves said after the grant was …