The Workforce Investment Board (WIB) of Will County is a local board appointed by the County Executive, in accordance with State criteria established under the Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act (WIOA), and includes business, community and education leaders, one-stop partners, economic development agencies and labor executives. The Board, in collaboration with private and public sector partners, leads the creation and implementation of an integrated workforce system that meets the needs of our job-seekers, our employers, and the communities that make up Will County.
The Workforce Board is responsible for developing local and regional plans using U.S. DOL Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act funds; oversight and reporting requirements of the local service delivery workforce system; coordinating activities with economic development entities and employers in Will County; as well as ensuring Will County residents have the skills and knowledge they need to find and keep jobs that lead to economic self-sufficiency and Will County employers have access to the skilled labor they need to compete in a global economy.
Workforce Investment Board of Will County is charged with identifying the needs of the local job market, leveraging resources, overseeing the Workforce Center of Will County, and responsible for workforce investment programs in Will County. The Board partners with employers and the workforce development system to develop policies and investments that support public workforce system strategies that support regional economies, the development of effective approaches including local and regional sector partnerships and career pathways, and high quality, customer centered service delivery and service delivery approaches.
Funding for the Workforce Investment Board of Will County as well as the services provided by Workforce Services Division, and other subcontractors, is through the U.S. Department of Labor (under the Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act (WIOA) and allocated by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. The County of Will serves as the Board's Fiscal Agent.
There are business and public sector executives that make up the Workforce Investment Board. They represent a diverse group of stakeholders in sectors such as health care, manufacturing, government, and education. The members share a vision to ensure the economic vitality of the County and are advocates for an integrated workforce development system.
Dana Bradley Silver Cross Hospital
Jayme Cain The Times Weekly
David Conterio Hometown National Bank
Beth Gonzalez Pace Suburban Bus
Donald Gregory UA Local 597 Pipefitters
Linda Guerrero IDES
Maribeth Hearn University of St. Francis
Rita Herrick Lewis University
Cassandra Hotchkiss IDHS-DRS
Carlos Interial UPS
Kraig Kistinger National Tube Supply
Paul Lauridsen Stepping Stones, Inc.
Cornell Lurry Midland States Bank
Judy Mitchell Judy Mitchell Consulting
Pat Mudron Mudron Kane Insurance Agency
Clyne Namuo Joliet Junior College
Mike Paone Joliet Regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Josh Potter Village of Romeoville
Doug Pryor Will County Center for Economic Development
Andres Rico IBEW Local 176
Jim Rink Integris
Suzanne Sallay A.S.G. Staffing
Diana Sharpe ComEd
Michelle Stiff Workforce Services Division of Will County
Ben Stortz Cornerstone Services
James Tromp The Offices of James Tromp CPA
Kurt Trost ManpowerGroup
Shawn Walsh Will County Regional Office of Education
Maggie Wolf Joliet Junior College – Workforce Education
Director, Workforce Investment Board
The Workforce Investment Board of Will County has a number of committees steering this group towards accomplishing its vision and mission: Executive, Communications, Program Operations, and System and Trends.
These committees support industry-based workforce development strategies, workforce transportation initiatives, labor market analysis and community planning, and other advisory groups that support the mission.
The Workforce Investment Board of Will County helps build a system supporting an education and workforce system aligned with the skills that businesses need, ensuring continued local and regional economic vitality.
The Workforce Investment Board of Will County is involved in a consortium comprised of the six Workforce Boards in the Chicago metropolitan area. This consortium focuses on a number of regional initiatives aimed at supporting business, the community, and the region's economic vitality, such as technology, health care, and manufacturing industries.
These initiatives provide broader career awareness for individuals at all levels, development of occupational career awareness for youth, and model initiatives that help the current workforce advance skills relevant to the labor market.
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