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Chips Manufacturing: Building Careers and Success in DuPage County

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When Ron Schlager knocked on the door of Chips Manufacturing in West Chicago on a hot day in August, little did he know what a good day it would turn out to be. Schlager is the Employer Outreach Supervisor for the DuPage County Workforce Development Division (WDD), and on that particular day he’d dropped off information about the various free business services offered by the WDD.

The next day, his phone rang. It was the owner of Chips Manufacturing, Jim Jett, excited about the ways the two organizations could work together. (more…)

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Avoiding Foreclosure: a Q&A with the DuPage Homeownership Center

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With the financial uncertainty that comes with unemployment, it’s not uncommon for job seekers to worry about losing their homes. Anyone in DuPage County who’s facing uncertainty about their home should know about the DuPage Homeownership Center (DHOC), which is dedicated to promoting and preserving homeownership.

We asked Anne O’Dell, Development Coordinator at the DHOC, a few questions about the services they offer DuPage County residents. (more…)

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Manufacturing and Engineering Technology Expo: Energizing a Future Workforce

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The need to raise awareness about manufacturing is not news to manufacturers in DuPage County, who often struggle to fill the many jobs they have to offer. The DuPage County Workforce Development Division recognizes the key role manufacturing plays in the local economy, and has been working with manufacturers to help them address their skill and talent gaps.

As part of an ongoing effort to raise awareness among high school students of the importance of manufacturing, the fourth annual Manufacturing and Engineering Technology Expo (the Expo) was held at College of DuPage (COD) in Glen Ellyn on Friday, November 13, 2015. (more…)

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Groundhog Day and Your Job Search

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Tomorrow is Groundhog Day. As the legend goes, if the groundhog comes out of his hole and sees his shadow, there will be six more weeks of winter. Of course, this may or may not be true. Many think the groundhog has strong predictor abilities; others scoff at his legendary skills.

But as the movie Groundhog Day so humorously portrays, the day of wondering about the end of winter (your period of career transition) will keep coming again and again until you take charge of yourself, choose to see that spring (your job) is coming, and then make changes to head you in the right direction. (more…)

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