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  • 2020

    Employ Older Workers Week 2020

    The week of September 21 - 25 is Employ Older Workers Week! Older workers are an important force that contribute to our workplaces and communities with their wisdom and experiences. In addition to Illinois workNet's article on how these workers can remain working and engaged, check out the sources below for additional information.

    The Department on Aging's website also has information about what programs and services are available to older adults in Illinois. The Provider Profile Search will show you which Illinois Department on Aging providers and services are available near you. From the Community Care Program to legal assistance and more, be sure to visit their site for your needs.

    The Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) is a "community service and work-based training program for older workers." This website is a great location for individuals 55 and older who are looking to improve their employability skills. By being part of this program, older workers gain access to additional resources, services, and training opportunities. Be sure to check out the WorkforceGPS Resource Library for additional information concerning older workers.

    Another resource to check out is Older Americans Month (OAM). This year's theme was "Make Your Mark."

    This month recognizes older adults around the country and encourages them to participate in activities within their communities. The Activity Page on Older Americans Month's website offers several ideas of how these individuals can share their experiences with one another, younger generations, on social media, and much more. To read more about this month, check out the Older Americans Month's website.

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  • 2020

    Hispanic Heritage Month 2020

    September 15th – October 15th is National Hispanic Heritage Month. During this month we look at and celebrate the contributions that Hispanic Americans have made to better our society and country. The National Hispanic Heritage Month website has a page on its site with more than 160 lesson plans for educators that span American history. Additionally, this page includes resources for teachers from well known institutions such as the Library of Congress, National Archives, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Services, and the Smithsonian Institution.  

    It is important to recognize the achievements, contributions, and influence that Hispanic Americans have provided for the U.S. Illinois workNet encourages our workforce and education partners to learn about and share these resources with their customers. 

    Latinx employers, be sure to attend the upcoming webinars Access to Capital. Latinx business owners have been disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. This webinar will discuss financial resources for Latinx owned businesses. View the Event Calendar entries below for additional information including how to register: 

    Discover what careers are available with the Illinois workNet Careers, Wages & Trends Search that allows you to use career and labor market information to: 

    • Planfor high school and beyond.​​​  
    • Complete job applications and preparefor interviews.​​​  
    • Findout about expected number of job openings and how much a job could pay.  
    • Makea job change, relocate, or requesta pay raise.  

    Be sure to follow our event calendar for upcoming events and social media pages to learn more about Hispanic Heritage Month: