May 9, 2019 - The month of May is Older Americans Month (OAM). This year’s theme is Connect, Create, Contribute. This month recognizes older adults and their contributions around the country and encourages them to participate in activities within their communities. For more information about this month, please click here.
April 8, 2019 - This April, Illinois workNet is celebrating National Financial Literacy Month. Financial Literacy Month is an annual event that aims to teach people the importance of properly managing their finances. Throughout the month, Illinois workNet will be posting events related to Financial Literacy that will take place around the state. Click here for more information.
March 13, 2019 - SBDC Day recognizes the success and effect of Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) for small businesses and economic development. Approximately 1,000 SBDCs in the country will share their success stories through social media, public relations initiatives, and several events in-person and online. This year’s SBDC Day will be on Wednesday, March 20, 2019. Click here for more information.
February 18, 2019 - Workforce professionals and service providers will have the opportunity to learn the basics for different apprenticeship models and how best to take advantage of these opportunities in Illinois. These workshops are free of charge. Read more about the series here.
January 8, 2019 – Every January is Mentoring Month. This month aims to expand quality mentoring opportunities to connect more of our community’s young people with caring adults. By finding and growing mentoring opportunities, our communities can improve and shape our future. From finding a mentor to becoming one, take the initiative to find the mentoring opportunity for you today. Click here for more information.
December 13, 2018 - Bunker Labs and WeWork are accepting applications for the next cohort of WeWork Veterans in Residence Powered by Bunker Labs, starting March 1st!
About the Program: WeWork Veterans in Residence powered by Bunker Labs, in its second national tribe and third overall, is now in 15 cities across the U.S. Veterans and military family members should apply to their nearest participating city.
Application Process: Applications are now open until January 3, 2019. Our next national tribe will launch in March 2019. The application takes just a few minutes to fill out and can be accessed here: https://www.wework.com/veterans-in-residence.
If you have any questions about the program, please feel free to contact We work here: firstname.lastname@example.org
December 3, 2018 - The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) and the Illinois Community College Board (ICCB) will host a series of regional meetings to present information and gather input on how to strengthen career-connected learning for all students in Illinois. Feedback from business, community, and educational leaders will inform ISBE’s five-year plan for career and technical education (CTE) in the state.
ISBE and ICCB are requesting feedback to improve CTE program development and evaluation so all students graduate with the skills, knowledge, and attitudes to thrive in their chosen path after high school.
For more information such as how stakeholders can submit feedback and when and where these events will take place, click here.
November 20, 2018 - With so many opportunities on the horizon in Illinois—from forging better connections between programs in career pathways and employers to building out apprenticeships and other work-based learning models—Illinois agencies, advocates, and providers need to work with the same understanding of the terms surrounding workforce and education. For that reason, Illinois approved a statewide definition of Career Pathways this year. Through efforts by 14 statewide partners, this definition was a launching pad for developing a larger group of education and workforce development definitions, all included in the New Career Pathways Dictionary. For more information click here...
October 1, 2018 - Every October is Manufacturing Month. Manufacturing Month brings together hundreds of manufacturers across America to host students, educators, parents, job seekers and other local community members at open houses and other public events designed to showcase manufacturing technology and careers. As this month gets started, be sure you have the resources to reach your manufacturing career, training, and employment goals. Check out Illinois workNet’s resources today. For more information click here...
The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, in conjunction with the Illinois Workforce Innovation Board (IWIB) has released grant opportunities to improve the economic growth and competitiveness of the state’s employers and their workforce. The Department of Commerce announces new workshop to discuss the funding opportunities including Illinois’ Career Pathways definitions and Apprenticeship Plus framework. For More information click here…
February 6, 2017 - The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity announces the release of a competitive grant opportunity to support the Governor’s Cabinet on Children and Youth Apprenticeship Plus initiative in Illinois. This funding opportunity is limited to youth apprenticeships and pre-apprenticeships for youth between the ages of 16-24 within three regions of the state. Learn more...
October 2, 2015 - The WIOA Implementation site acts as the hub for all resources related to WIOA implementation, including work of the seven Task Advisory Groups (TAGs) and the Interagency Work Group. Easily access any time using the program tile below or click here to access the site...