Will/Grundy Career Connects Program Launches April 29 – RSVP Today

Joliet Junior College will host a launch event April 29 for Career Connects Will and Grundy, a new online program that connects students and job seekers to occupations and job opportunities that local businesses offer.

“This is an innovative online system that will bring together education and industry to address our community’s future workforce development needs,” Kelly Lapetino, JJC workforce skills manager, said.

A launch event for the program will be held Friday, April 29, at the JJC Main Campus, 1215 Houbolt Road in Joliet from 8 to 9:30 a.m. Continental breakfast will be served. To reserve a seat, contact Jeremy Ly or Tammy Tschida at (815) 280-1501 or email careerconnects@jjc.edu. Visit www.jjc.edu/info/career-connects for additional information.

Highlights of Career Connects Will and Grundy County include:

  • Links job seekers and students to careers they are interested in with local companies through online career discussion boards
  • Takes education out of the classroom by giving students the opportunity to participate in work-based career activities, i.e., company tours, job shadowing, summer internships, mentors
  • Allows local businesses the opportunity to attract top talent for their organizations
  • In addition to helping business and industry play an active role in connecting with their future workforce, Career Connects also allows students and job seekers to see that the Will and Grundy region is a great place to live and work.
  • Participation in the program is free.

The college has partnered with the Career Cruising Network to bring the program to Will and Grundy Counties.

“We are excited to be working with such a great group of community partners in the Will and Grundy region and we look forward to seeing important connections develop between students and local industry in the coming month,” Dennis Abuan, Career Cruising Network product manager, said.

Other benefits to businesses include increasing their visibility in the community; highlighting their community involvement; providing the ability to actively participate in developing the future workforce; and promoting career opportunities in Will and Grundy Counties.

Supporting partners include Three Rivers Education for Employment System (TREES), University of St Francis, Community Foundation of Grundy County, and the Grundy, Livingston, Kankakee Workforce Board. Sponsors include the JJC Foundation and the Community Foundation of Grundy County.

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