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Workforce Readiness

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.

In 2018, the Workforce Board was awarded a $400,000 regional Apprenticeship Expansion Navigator grant as well as a $750,000 Talent Pipeline grant to support the Transportation/Warehousing/Distribution/Logistics industry.

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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.

In addition, KCC’s 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. Opened in 2019, the facility contains 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.

Olivet Nazarene University

With more than 140 fields of study and enrollment of more than 5,000, ONU is ranked one of the Best Colleges for 2018 by “U.S. News & World Report”. This is the Bourbonnais university’s 13th consecutive year for inclusion on this prestigious list.

ONU’s ABET-accredited Martin D. Walker School of Engineering has seen strong growth over the last decade, now offering nine concentrations, including Architectural, Chemical, Civil, Computer, Electrical, Environmental, Industrial, Mechanical and Software engineering. New for 2018-19: Data Science program and Cybersecurity Defense concentration.

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 kacc-il.org.

K-12 Kankakee County School Districts

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Work Kankakee is an initiative of the Economic Alliance of Kankakee County in cooperation with:

  • Grundy Livingston Kankakee Workforce Board
  • Community Foundation of Kankakee River Valley
  • Kankakee County Chamber of Commerce
  • Local and regional employers
  • K-12 and post-secondary educational institutions
  • Civic and professional organizations

Together, the coalition is strengthening Kankakee County’s current and emerging workforce pipeline and aligning that talent with local career opportunities across various industry sectors, including:

  • Health Care
  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Food Processing
  • Bioscience
  • Transportation/Logistics
  • Business & Professional Services

Learn more at workkankakee.org.