Wednesday, Dec. 17


County-sponsored work program continues successes     Send a link to a friend

[DEC. 17, 2003]  The Logan County Board heard an annual report from Jan Gleason on regular job finding processes and work training programs that a Logan County agency ran this last year. The Illinois Employment and Training Center helps unemployed people find jobs and offers some job skill training programs.

The most significant work offered through this office is the job training programs that it facilitates.

Two regular programs were funded by federal Workforce Investment Act grants this past year. One of those programs was for economically disadvantaged adults, and the other was for economically disadvantaged youth.

An additional program was conducted from state grant funds to assist with new training for adults who have been displaced from their jobs. This program was sought and funded to assist in retraining former LDC employees. This program received $57,642 for 2002 - 2003. This year, '03-'04, an additional $89,000 dollars has been secured for that program.

The youth program runs mostly through the summer. Rod Lewis, the youth coordinator, had 15 youth start and complete the summer program. The youth averaged $1,972 earnings from their summer work.


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Eleven of the youth trainees have gone on to participate in an academic and training enrichment program. This program continues throughout the school year. Participants meet monthly to continue to monitor and support their success academically and on the job. Additional life skills, such as applying for jobs, are also shared with the teens. As part of the program Lewis always teaches the youth to save some money.

Federal WIA funds for this coming year have been decreased significantly. Logan County's amount was decreased by $47,000.

The Logan County office customer service totaled 8,972 cases for the past year. More than 3,000 of this number were unemployment related, Gleason said.

The Illinois Employment and Training Center is located at 120 S. McLean St., Lincoln. The phone number is (217) 735-5441.

[Jan Youngquist]

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