An exciting initiative through DuPage County is positively impacting workforce development in West Chicago and the surrounding communities. The WorkNet DuPage Career Center, located on Cabot Drive in Lisle, is home to several organizations working in partnership toward the same goals; helping people get back to work, and maintaining a skilled workforce in DuPage County.
One of its largest partners is the DuPage County Workforce Development Division which has spearheaded a program, Make Your Way (MYWay), that teaches young people in need of direction that there is ample opportunity in DuPage County for them to successfully “make their way,” build a career, and become a successful, productive adult. Soft skills, workplace etiquette, financial literacy, career exploration, and job search skills are all covered during the four week workshop. The students also take tours of area employers and educational institutions that can be real eye openers.
The Business Sponsors of the program act as guest speakers to the students, conduct mock interviews, hold tours, and host interns in entry-level roles. The internships are paid for entirely by DuPage County and there is no cost involved for businesses outside of the time involved providing a learning environment for the student. The goal is employment and/or further education, and, as illustrated by success stories like that of a young West Chicago mother who attended the program, excelled at her internship and ultimately landed employment as a Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Operator while also attending a CNC training program paid for by the Division; or a young man with no direction who attended the program, accepted an employment offer at his internship worksite and has now been promoted to a Maintenance Technician, the model works.The MYWay program is currently looking for all interested and eligible West Chicago youth, ages 17-24, who need direction and financial assistance so they can make their way to a successful future. The deadline for the West Chicago program is quickly approaching, so those interested should act immediately. For more information about the next upcoming program, call (630) 955-2074 (hablamos Español) or email firstname.lastname@example.org.