DuPage United

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Career Connect Board

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Click HERE for More Information on Career Connect Metro West
(information updated April 7)

The 2014 DuPage United Delegate Assembly was held at Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church, Glen Ellyn, IL. on March 20, 2014 at 7:00 PM. The Assembly celebrated the progress made during the year with its initiative, Career Connect Metro West (originally called DuPage Connect).

DuPage United leaders have done extensive research and established key allies to take specific targeted action on the identified gaps in workforce development.

Click here for Career Connect Metro West.

DuPage United Workforce Development
Our goal is to find a way to connect good people to good jobs. Click HERE for information about our team, and consider joining our team!
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DuPage County voted on April 22, 2014, to be first funders for the workforce collaborative, which includes Career Connect. A line item county budget of $200,000 is in place as seed money to recruit, link, train and place under and unemployed people into existing good paying jobs. There are 1700 manufacturing companies in DuPage County many of whom are unable to grow or expand their business due to lack of qualified job applicants. This is part of a national trend and a huge opportunity for real economic growth and development. We now have the needed local public funding to begin to address this issue.

This would not have happened with out a team of leaders led by Tom Wendorf including Debbie Fulks, Mary Hason, Don Derrow, John Hazard, and many more who hosted education sessions, listening sessions, helped organize Delegate Assemblies and conduct research.

This is a historic moment for DuPage County and DuPage United.

A Big Win for DuPage United and Job Seekers
In January, after 30 months of research, presentations, networking and relationship building, the DuPage United Jobs Task Force received a commitment from DuPage County Board Chairman Dan Cronin to financially support the formation and funding of the Metro West Manufacturing Workforce Collaboration (MWMWC),  a group consisting of DuPage United,  Jane Addams Resource Corp. (JARC) and the Alliance for Illinois Manufacturing (AIM).  In addition, the county is contributing seed money toward the money needed to found Career Connect Metro West (CCMW),  the new workforce entity proposed by DuPage United. CCMW will recruit, support, and refer unemployed and underployed DuPage residents to training and into living wage jobs in manufacturing and in the future, other business sectors. MWMWC connects the dots between people and jobs, and CCMW brings those in need, into a supportive process that will enhance the lives of hundreds of families in DuPage County through better jobs paying higher wages.   

With this significant event,  we are assured that help for DuPage County’s lagging job market is on the way,  and Career Connect will be up and operating late summer 2014. Thank you for your unflagging support of this project. 

Links to Newspaper Articles on DuPage United Assembly
that was held on March 20, 2014 at Faith Lutheran Church

DuPage Group works to link workers with Manufacturing Jobs, Naperville Sun, March 26, 2014

Effort seeks to train workers for manufacturing jobs, Daily Herald, March 25, 2014

DuPage United Jobs Initiative, Chicago Tribune, March 16, 2014