Bria came to our office seeking help with paying for the Dental Assistant training program at Heartland Community College. She was unemployed, married with two children, and her husband’s earnings were just above a sustainable wage for their family. During her intake, we determined that Bria had a barrier to employment due to her basic skills deficiency in mathematics. Bria successfully completed the Dental Assistant Training at Heartland Community College in the spring and then participated in an unpaid 40-hour dental assistant externship in the summer. In the fall, she was able to find employment as a Dental Assistant and is now earning a wage that is helping her family preserve financial stability.
Carri came to our WIOA office seeking financial assistance to attend the adult CNA class at the Livingston Area Career Center. She is a single mother and was working at the time but was not earning a self-sufficient wage, and as a result was a SNAP and medical card recipient. Carri was able to successfully complete the CNA course at the Livingston Area Career Center over the summer and sit for the state competency exam. Carri passed her exam and within days was promoted to a certified nurse’s assistant at her current employer. As a result, she was able reach financial self-sufficiency and no longer relies on SNAP and medical card as a means to live.
Morgan came to our WIOA office seeking financial assistance to complete the Clinical Medical Assistant program at Heartland Community College. She was unemployed, married with 3 children, and her husband was earning an unsustainable wage for their family. Morgan completed the Clinical Medical Assistant program at Heartland Community College in the spring and participated in an unpaid externship over the summer. During her externship she was able to find employment in the healthcare field and is now earning a wage which has helped her family reach financial self-sufficiency.
Jacob contacted Livingston Workforce Services seeking financial assistance with earning his CDL in order to return to work as a truck driver. He had been recently working in maintenance and was laid off from his employer due to downsizing. Jacob was eligible for WIOA funding as a recipient of unemployment insurance. He completed truck driving school at Heartland Community College at the end of January 2018 and was able to secure employment as a truck driver by the beginning of March 2018.
Derek contacted the Livingston Workforce Services after being laid off from the employer that he had worked at for 27 years. He had been considering getting his CDL and inquired about our On-the-job training opportunities. He had an employer that was willing to work with him to obtain his license as well as get some experience driving a truck. He earned high marks during his time at his employer but eventually moved on to a larger employer in order to obtain benefits. He is still working as a truck driver, making more than he made at the employer he had been with her 27 years.
Jennifer was referred to the Livingston Workforce Services when a classmate heard that she was having to drive so far to and from class. She was working, earning a low wage and just accepted into the nursing program at Heartland Community College. Due to her work schedule and responsibilities at home, she had to make a few extra attempts at some classes that were required for her program; however, she never gave up and obtained both her LPN and RN licenses while on the program. She is now working full time as a Registered Nurse making over $10 per hour more than when she was she inquired about services.
Haley became familiar with the Livingston Workforce Services several years ago when we helped her earn her CNA. When she was accepted into the Radiography program at Kankakee Community College, she knew where to turn to for financial assistance. Although she had been working full time, she was not making a sustainable wage and knew that her hours would be cut due to her school schedule. She progressed well though her program and graduated, as anticipated, and is now a Registered Radiography Technologist working for the local hospital.
Caitlyn was a high school student when she inquired about help finding a job at the Livingston Workforce Services. She had never worked but felt she was getting to an age where she could help alleviate some of her mom’s financial responsibilities. Based on her skills, she was easily placed at a worksite as a paid intern. She earned a successful evaluation while on the job and was able to gain her own employment working part time until she graduated from high school. She is currently enrolled full time in college.
Joe contacted the Livingston Workforce Services because he had been out of work for 3 months. He inquired about studying to obtain his Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) because he heard jobs were available for truck driving. He enrolled quickly into the Truck Driver Training program at Heartland Community College and obtained his CDL 4 weeks later. Within 2 weeks he was working full time for a local company as a truck driver.
Tom was a small business owner that was having trouble getting enough jobs to support his family. He inquired about truck driving training because he was exposed to it through the construction industry and had heard that jobs were readily available. With the help of funding from the Livingston Workforce Services, he enrolled in class at Joliet Junior College and obtained his CDL with high marks. He is now working full time making almost $2000 per week.
Illinois Talent Pipeline Grant offers funds for on the job training at CSL Behring.
While other companies are making cuts, CSL Behring has increased its workforce in Kankakee by more than 35 percent during the past two years.
To help the company meet this growth, CSL contacted the local Workforce Board to discuss staffing needs and training opportunities. Training funds were secured through the Illinois Talent Pipeline Grant and, in partnership with Kankakee Community College, CSL Behring began retraining workers displaced in the past 24 months.
The partnership with the Workforce Board and Kankakee Community College has enabled CSL Behring to train 36 workers under this grant opportunity. The program allows folks to receive the training needed to adapt to a new role, while CSL Behring helps develop a skilled workforce to meet increased demand for its lifesaving medical treatments. As a result of this program, the Kankakee Community College Foundation recently awarded CSL Behring its Partnership Award for its support of student scholarships and the work with the Talent Pipeline Grant.
Renee sought services from the Livingston Workforce Services because of her poor work history. She moved amongst several employment agencies that were unable to provide long term work. She knew becoming certified as a nursing assistant would open up many opportunities for her to find full time work with benefits. Since she had been certified many years prior, she pursued a recertification class. She was reintroduced to those skills she learned many years ago and performed a few practice applications so that she could sit for the certification exam.She passed the exam and became employed full time just a few short weeks later!
Diamond pursued services from the Livingston Workforce Services when she was young and had no work history. She was initially looking for part time work that wouldn't affect her school work. She was placed in a work experience and successfully completed it with high marks. While in the program she obtained her high school diploma and was offered a position with the employer that she completed her work experience with.
Greg became a dislocated worker after working at the same employer for 17 years. He quickly found out he needed to seek services from the Livingston Workforce Services since he had been out of the job market for so long. He determined that the trucking industry was a field that he could pursue that would make up the wages he lost at his employer. He completed CDL training and was quickly offered several positions as a truck driver. After a few weeks, he determined which company would be the best fit for him and started driving over the road, earning almost $1000 per week!