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Name: Randall
Date: 02/28/2017
Pathway: Manufacturing
Program: Dislocated Worker/Trade Adjustment Act Services
Location of Service: 61728-9406
Randy worked as a Production Associate at Mitsubishi Motors in Normal, Illinois for 26 years when the automaker closed and moved its production overseas. With only a high school diploma, Randy improved his employability by applying for funding to attend Illinois Central College in East Peoria. Assessment testing and career counseling at Career Link, including researching job outlook statistics and job openings, helped Randy narrow in on the CNC Machine Operator Certificate program at ICC. Completing the program would help him attain his goal to build on his current skills while earning a credential. With family demands and the desire to get back to working full-time, he wanted to accomplish this goal as quickly as possible. He started his full-time training program at ICC on June 6th and successfully completed six months later, on December 5, 2016. He made the 127 mile round trip from his home in Colfax to the East Peoria ICC campus with the help of Trade mileage, never missing a class, and making the Dean’s List! Randy recently secured a full-time position at CATERPILLAR in Pontiac, Illinois as an Assembly/Test Specialist. He is excited to be working again with full-time wages. Randy says of the Trade program, “After almost 27 years on the same job and at my age (over 50) I was really nervous when the plant (MMNA) announced they were closing, but the Trade Program helped me regain my confidence and find a new career path. I am very happy with the path I chose and thankful for the support of the Trade Program.”
Elizabeth Cervantes (R) Charlene Choklad (L)

From High School Degree to College and OJT

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Name: Elizabeth
Date: 02/22/2017
Pathway: Business, Management and Administration
Program: Dislocated Worker/Trade Adjustment Act Services
Location of Service: 60098-3432
Elizabeth previously worked in manufacturing as a low skilled processor/packer for 10 years until she was laid off from Modine. With only a high-school diploma and not having the skills necessary for reemployment in a high-growth occupation, Elizabeth decided to change her career path to a high-growth occupation in Administrative Office Management. With the assistance of the McHenry County Workforce Network she developed an employment plan that included TAA fund support to attend McHenry County College for her Associate Degree. It is Elizabeth’s long term goal to work in Human Resources. In November of 2016, and in addition to her degree courses, she started On-the-Job Training as a receptionist in the HR department of Centegra Hospital System. Her position includes a variety of clerical and administrative duties that will allow Elizabeth to benefit from receiving a practical application of the concurrent classroom learning. Elizabeth has stated that the OJT has made it easier for her to transition from manufacturing into a new office occupation while earning a wage as she learns. Centegra Health System comprises four hospitals, two fitness centers, four immediate care centers and nearly a dozen physician care locations with over 4,000 employees and is the largest employer in McHenry County, Illinois. Elizabeth’s HR supervisor has stated “Elizabeth has quickly become a valuable part of our team. The OJT program provides us the time needed to train and support Elizabeth as she transitions to her new career, and we appreciate the McHenry County Workforce support to ensure our success. “ As a result of the successful training plan that combined the classroom learning with job based learning, Elizabeth was able to secure employment and transition into a high growth occupation with an immediate return to work.