News

Connecting Jobless to Jobs Is Quinn’s Challenge

Connecting Jobless to Jobs Is Quinn’s Challenge

There are jobs available in Illinois, but finding the right people to fill them can be a challenge.

Illinois has 565,000 people unemployed and looking for work, and 130,000 positions posted on www.IllinoisJobLink.com, the official website of the Illinois Department of Employment Security. But Gov. Pat Quinn says many of those jobs require specific skills that few people have, but which they can get, possibly at community colleges.

“Since 2008, our community colleges have grown the number of people graduating with degrees or career certificates by more than 30 percent. We’ve also expanded dual enrollment and early college opportunities for qualified students,” he said.

Illinois has a career education goal known as 60 by 25 — that by 2025, 60 percent of the workforce will have a college degree or career certificate.

Also, the governor mentioned in the State of the State speech last week that he wants to expand the Youth Conservation Corps, so that at-risk youth can gain work experience by working in state and local parks and conservation areas.

 

Recent Headlines

13 hours ago in Entertainment

Bill Murray tosses fans’ phones off rooftop

billmurray

The "Ghostbusters" star was unwinding at rooftop restaurant in California on Thursday when he spotted two starstruck fans trying to snap his photo.

13 hours ago in Entertainment

OPENING WEEKEND: ‘Deadpool,’ ‘Zoolander 2’ to battle at the box office

15-overlay-6

Here's a look at some of the films set to open this weekend.

13 hours ago in Entertainment, National

Roses and roaches: Cold-hearted Valentine’s Day ideas

valentines

With the coldest air in more than a decade forecast to grip the United States this Valentine's Day weekend, the holiday dedicated to love is flashing its frigid side.