With President Obama giving his first State of the Union speech, what better timing for Chicago to open the brand new Workforce Development Center. Obama made it very clear that job creation is one of his top priorities. And right here in our own backyard in Chicago, Mayor Daley recently toured the new Chicago Workforce Center, and gave it high marks and praised the new facility. The new 10,000 square foot facility is fitted with the latest technology and conveniently located on the Blue Line, making it accessble via public transportation. What can one receive when they visit one of Chicago's Workforce centers? According to the City of Chicago website, a whole host of services, which are outlined below.
Core services available free to Chicagoans at Workforce Centers include:
- Computerized listings of local, state, and national job openings
- Seminars in resume writing, job search, and interviewing skills
- Free faxing, copying, telephone, and internet services for job searches
- Unemployment Insurance information
- Basic job skills courses, such as English as a Second Language (ESL)
- Veterans Services
Job Seekers may also be eligible for skill development through local training providers certified by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO). Please visit their site to see a list of Certified Training Providers nearest you, then call your area Chicago Workforce Center for eligibility requirements and program availability.