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Workforce Readiness

Kankakee County is currently ranked in the nation's top 10% for talent attraction and development, according to Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI)'s 2016 Talent Attraction Scorecard. EMSI's scorecard is based on an index that equally weights 2013–2014 net migration, 2011–2015 skilled job growth, and three other data points — overall job growth, regional competitiveness for skilled jobs, and annual job openings per capita. 

Of particular note is Kankakee County’s 2011 to 2015 skilled job growth of 8%, a result of significant investment and innovation in education, including at Kankakee Community College’s Manufacturing & Industrial Technology Center and Olivet Nazarene University’s Walker School of Engineering, as well as local business expansion totaling $1 billion in 2014 and 2015.

Grundy Livingston Kankakee Workforce Board

The Grundy Livingston Kankakee Workforce Board oversees and sets policy for workforce development and training programs for Grundy, Livingston, and Kankakee counties. It is one of 26 such local boards across the State of Illinois. 

The Workforce Board is responsible for investing annually more than $1.5 million in support of local workforce training and services to enable individuals and employers to succeed in today's economy. The organization most recently secured a $500,000 Illinois Talent Pipeline Grant to provide on-the-job training for local dislocated workers in the process of securing new positions at CSL Behring Kankakee.

Kankakee Community College

Kankakee Community College has demonstrated consistent responsiveness to employer training needs and a commitment to workforce readiness. This was exhibited most recently in the establishment of its Manufacturing and Industrial Technology Center, which imparts the fabrication, machine tool, welding and millwright skills required by our advanced manufacturers.

Click to download the KCC Manufacturing & Industrial Technology Center 2016-17 program guide.

In addition, KCC's new LEED Gold-certified North Extension Center provides state-of-the-art classrooms for credit division courses, corporate training and GED preparation classes.

Kankakee Community College's award-winning and nationally certified renewable energy program prepares students for real-world jobs in the emerging solar, wind and geothermal industries. In July 2014, KCC announced a grant from the State of Illinois to construct an Advanced Technological Education Center. The facility will contain classrooms, labs, offices, and support spaces to provide hands-on technical training in fields such as wind generation, solar thermal, solar photo-voltaic systems, and electrical (National Electric Code NEC) instruction.

Kankakee Area Career Center

The Kankakee Area Career Center aims to meet vocational/ technical education needs of the regional high school students. The underlying function of the career center is to prepare students to select viable career paths and to obtain the training and skills essential for continuing education and/ or the job market. Learn more at

Click to download 2016-17 KACC certification guide

This broad-based initiative aims to support the preparation of a college and career-ready workforce to meet employment needs in Kankakee County by increasing student persistence and graduation rates. A key to success is the active collaboration of industry and education in Kankakee County to ensure industry’s needs for a workforce aligns with K-16 education’s preparation of a college and career-ready workforce. Learn more at