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MEDIA RELEASE: THE CHICAGO COOK WORKFORCE PARTNERSHIP CELEBRATES OPEN HOUSE AT NORTHSIDE AMERICAN JOB CENTER AT TRUMAN COLLEGE

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

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THE CHICAGO COOK WORKFORCE PARTNERSHIP CELEBRATES OPEN HOUSE AT NORTHSIDE AMERICAN JOB CENTER AT TRUMAN COLLEGE

ResCare Workforce Solutions, City Colleges of Chicago, and Dignitaries Joined The Partnership to Welcome Job Seekers, Students and Employers

CHICAGO, IL (MAY 8, 2018) – The Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership (The Partnership), today, celebrates the relocation of its Northside American Job Center to the Truman College Campus.  Joined by City Colleges of Chicago (CCC), ResCare Workforce Services and several dignitaries, The Partnership welcomes job seekers, students, and employers during an open house and resource fair. 

The idea for an on-campus American Job Center at Truman College stemmed from The Partnership’s desire to strategically align workforce services with complimentary providers, such as City Colleges of Chicago. Having a shared vision and commitment to achieving synergy in its approach to serving its community; Truman College joined forces with The Partnership. 

The Northside American Job Center is one of 10 located in Cook County; all managed and supported by The Partnership. 

“This is a great opportunity for the community to learn what American Job Centers have to offer,” said Karin M. Norington-Reaves, The Partnership CEO.

“Everyone will find useful resources here to propel them forward in their search for quality employment, occupational training and job placement. Similarly, employers will be able to access skilled talent,” continued Norington-Reaves.

The Partnership is the largest workforce development agency in the nation, connecting more than 40,000 to its services throughout the Chicagoland region. With more than 2,500 American Job Centers in the nation, The Partnership proudly serves more than 40,000 people through its American Job Center network. 

“City Colleges is committed to connecting people across Chicago’s communities with economic opportunity and upward mobility,” said CCC Chancellor Juan Salgado.

“The addition of an American Job Center at Truman College further enhances the robust set of supports we provide to students and will mean community members using the Center can more immediately engage with City Colleges’ academic programs to build skills and advance their careers,” continued Salgado. 

Employers and job seekers attended today’s event, with those pursuing work, sharing both the challenges they face and the success they encountered working with the Northside American Job Center to secure employment.

“We want to ensure that every job seeker and business in the region realizes these centers are a resource for them,” said President of ResCare Workforce Services, Mark Douglass.  “Today’s open house is just the beginning of our efforts to get the word out about how we will use this location to help put people to work.”

ResCare Workforce Services manages more than 400 workforce locations throughout the nation – all of which offer programs and services that help connect job seekers with employment opportunities in their communities. 

“Truman College, like all City Colleges of Chicago, offers Chicagoans a quality, affordable education, a full complement of student support, and robust campus life; and this partnership adds yet more value for our students by providing another on-site career opportunity resource,” noted Truman College Interim President Dr. Shawn Jackson.

“We also invite those community members using the Job Center to learn about the programs Truman College offers that will help them launch or further their career.”

The Northside American Job Center at Truman College is open Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.  It is operated by Enisa Jakupovic, Project Director, ResCare Workforce Services.  For more information, call 773.334.4747.  This location joins nine other American Job Centers throughout the Chicagoland region.

The Center is located on the main floor of Truman College, next to the Career Services Office. Job seekers can obtain assistance with career training for high-growth and high-demand fields, including transportation, distribution and logistics, manufacturing, business and administrative services, retail, hospitality, information technology.

Services include:

  • Job listings and referrals
  • Access to job banks, hiring events and job fairs
  • Weekly professional workshops
  • Job coaching
  • Information about available education, training and certification programs (including short-term basic skills training and certification for career pathways across multiple industries)
  • Access to Job Club, computers, internet, resume writing help, copiers and fax machines

The American Job Center will also provide assistance for employers:

  • Matching job applicants with employer requirements
  • Advertising job listings
  • Applicant screening for qualified referrals
  • Company-specific job fairs with the option to host on-site at the American Job Center


About Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership
In its sixth year of operation, Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership (The Partnership) is an umbrella organization that operates the public workforce system for the City of Chicago and Cook County. To date, The Partnership has helped place more than 60,000 individuals in employment, collaborated with more than 2,000 employers and administered more than $200 million in federal and philanthropic funds to provide job training and placement services throughout Chicagoland. For more information about The Partnership, visit workforceboard.org call 312.603.0200 or follow us on social media @ChiCookWorks

About ResCare Workforce Services
ResCare Workforce Services is the nation’s most comprehensive provider of workforce solutions with more than 400 managed operations in 31 states that include a combination American Job Centers, Job Corps operations, business services and family support functions.   The Louisville-based company uses its team of more than 2,000 workforce professionals to assist approximately 1 million job seekers and thousands of employers annually to advance economies and help communities thrive.

About City Colleges of Chicago and Truman College
City Colleges of Chicago prepares 80,000 students annually for further college and careers. CCC encompasses seven colleges and five satellite sites city-wide. The City Colleges of Chicago includes seven colleges: Richard J. Daley College, Kennedy-King College, Malcolm X College, Olive-Harvey College, Harry S Truman College, Wilbur Wright College and Harold Washington College. Truman College is CCC’s Center of Excellence in Education, Human & Natural Sciences, and also offers general education, GED and ESL classes. For more information about City Colleges of Chicago or Truman College, or to register for summer or fall courses, call (773) COLLEGE or visit www.ccc.edu.

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