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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.

 

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