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Pathway: Business, Management and Administration
Program: Dislocated Worker/Trade Adjustment Act Services
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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.