Highland Community College-Business Institute
The Business Institute of Highland Community College can help you grow your business, as we have with hundreds of small and medium sized businesses and organizations since 1991. Their success and yours, is built on the quality of your workforce. Thousands of employees have learned new supervisory, technical, quality, operational, and leadership skills, and made a bottom line difference at work.
The key to success is to link our training services with your business goals. Our goal-as yours-is to deliver a quality product, competitively priced, and delivered on time. We work directly with you, and partner with renowned training organizations and experienced trainers and consultants to bring a wide range of high-impact, business-related services at reasonable costs. For more information call the Business Institute at (815) 232-1362.
Illinois Dept. of Employment Security
The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) offers business resources that can help you meet your bottom-line goals. IDES administers federally-funded employment services and unemployment insurance through its 70 offices, including the Illinois Employment and Training Center located in Freeport. Our offices are equipped with meeting rooms and computers with Internet access to assist you with all your recruitment needs.
IDES can help you find employees, provide you a place to recruit and interview candidates, and can assist you in analyzing labor market statistics. We also help employers access tax credits and apply for free fidelity bonding. For your added convenience we offer an online skills match program at www.illinoisjoblink.org. Employers can enter job openings through this online service at no charge and at any time of the day. If you need a more personal touch, however, you can call us for this job linking service.
IDHS-Division of Rehabilitation Services
The Illinois Department of Human Services' Division of Rehabilitation Services (DHS/DRS) is the state's lead agency serving persons with disabilities. Our staff works one-on-one with individuals who have disabilities and their families to empower them to reach their employment, education, and independent living goals. We work closely with state, regional, and local employers, offering individualized placement services that bring employers and qualified employees together. We value our many business and community partners and recognize that these partnerships are the key to continually enhancing services to our customers.
Services available to the business community include: wage reimbursement contracts to offset on-the-job evaluation and training; job coaching and employment mentoring, follow-up services; job retention services; work opportunity tax credit verification; free worksite accommodation evaluations; and personalized staff training.
IDHS-Division of Human Capital Development
In addition to cash assistance, Food Stamps, and medical programs, the Division of Human Capital Development provides access to many other programs and services for the residents of Illinois. Our staff will help you find services from other DHS divisions, other state agencies, and from your local community.
A list of the services and programs you may access by visiting the local office in your community include: Aid to the Aged, Blind or Disabled (AABD), Case management services, Earnfare, EITC -- Earned Income Tax Credit, Homeless Prevention Program, Emergency Food & Shelter Program, Emergency Food Program, Funeral and Burial Benefits, High Risk Infant Follow Up, Homeless Youth Programs, Problem Pregnancy, Refugee and Immigrant Services, and Supportive Housing for Homeless Persons.
Partners for Employment
Partners for Employment (PfE) offers services to both businesses and job seekers/individuals through the Sauk Valley Community College and Highland Community College Consortium--Title 1B Administrator of the Workforce Investment Act. Employment and training programs are offered throughout the five county region (Carroll, Jo Daviess, Ogle, Stephenson, and Whiteside) that will help individuals find a job or train for a new career. In addition, PfE offers a variety of employer-directed programs, such as job screening and placement and customized training. On-the-job training contracts to help subsidize employer training costs are also available to eligible job seekers.
PfE has five locations to serve you: offices in the Freeport and Sterling Illinois Employment and Training Centers, and satellite offices in Elizabeth, Savanna and Rochelle. Each office has a high-tech resource room available to employers and job seekers. Reference manuals and audio visual aids covering such topics as Customer Service, Sexual Harassment, Diversity in the Workplace, Supervision and Management Training are available for viewing on-site, or they may be checked out for review at a different location.
Northwest Illinois Workforce Investment Board
The Northwest Illinois Workforce Investment Board (WIB) is a not-for-profit private/public sector organization that serves as the oversight and policy-making body for federally funded employment and training programs and services in Northwest Illinois. The mission of this 43-person, volunteer board adds value to the competitiveness of employers, contributes to the region's economic growth, and provides continuous learning opportunities to individuals seeking to enter and advance in the workplace. Our combined resources help to create a fully integrated, results-oriented, service delivery system that produces a pool of quality workers for local employers.
The WIB represents a five county region that encompasses Carroll, Jo Daviess, Ogle, Stephenson and Whiteside Counties.