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  • 2019

    Employ Older Workers Week 2019

    This week 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 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 Connect, Create, Contribute, which encourages communities to:
    • Connect – with friends, family, and services that support participation.
    • Create – by engaging in activities that promote learning, health, and personal enrichment.
    • Contribute – time, talent, and life experience to benefit others. 

    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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  • 2019

    Perkins V Listening & Feedback Sessions


    The Illinois Community College Board (ICCB) and the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) will be holding regional events to share the state's draft Perkins V Plan (Career and Technical Education). Time will be allotted for feedback and discussion.

    Please consider participating in one of the five listening sessions as the State explores and explains the draft Perkins V Plan.

    Register today to attend: https://icsps.illinoisstate.edu/machform/view.php?id=114557


    • October 7, 2019: Pre-Tour - 4:00pm - 4:45pm; Listening Session - 5:00pm - 7:00pm Buffalo Grove High School, Buffalo Grove, IL
    • October 10, 2019: 4:00pm - 6:00pm Wilco Area Career Center, Romeoville, IL
    • October 23, 2019: 4:00pm - 6:00pm Richland Community College, Decatur, IL
    • October 24, 2019: 4:00pm - 6:00pm Kaskaskia College, Centralia, IL
    • October 25, 2019: 4:00pm - 6:00pm Chicago Public Schools District Office, Chicago, IL

    This event is for any interested member of the public, including but not limited to:

    • students and parents
    • career and technical education practitioners
    • high school and community college administrators, teachers and faculty
    • business and industry (including labor organizations)
    • members of special populations including:
    • individuals with disabilities
      • individuals from economically disadvantaged families (including low-income youth and adults)
      • individuals preparing for non-traditional fields
      • single parents, including single pregnant women
      • out-of-workforce individuals
      • English learners
      • homeless individuals
      • youth who are in, or have aged out of, the foster care system
      • youth with a parent who is a member of the armed forces and is on active duty.
    • local workforce board staff
    • community-based organizations
    • Adult Education administrators
    • community members.

    For more information view the Perkins V State Plan Listening and Feedback Session Flyer: https://www.illinoisworknet.com/DownloadPrint/CTERoadShow_Fall2019.pdf