April 2017 – Celebrating Information Technology Month in Illinois

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By Kathy McAuliffe

April 4, 2017

On January 26, 2017, Bruce Rauner, Governor of the State of Illinois proclaimed April 2017 as Information Technology Month in Illinois.  This information and a copy of the declaration were provided to the DuPage County Workforce Development Division by CompTIA, the world’s largest IT industry association, based in Downers Grove. CompTIA worked with Governor Rauner on preparation of this directive for several months.

The designation of April as IT Month in Illinois celebrates the important IT work being done in the state, and is also meant to encourage communities and schools to explore IT as a contributor to the economy and workforce, helping students to understand the growing opportunities in both technology and the workforce.

Rauner’s proclamation states that the IT industry contributes an estimated 5.3 percent annually to the Illinois economy, according to the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA), and employs more than 234,000 individuals across Illinois at an average yearly salary of $95,062. It also states that the technology industry is projected to see an increase of more than 30,000 jobs by the year 2025, including new types of jobs that don’t yet exist, due to continuing technology development.

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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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The View from the Recruiting Seat: HR Pros Give Their Perspective

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The economic recovery has been slow and uneven, and it often seems difficult to get a sense of what’s happening with the economy. To shed a little light on the economic situation in DuPage County, human resources professionals at several DuPage companies have kindly provided their outlook for hiring.

Additionally, to help those who are currently seeking employment, those same HR pros also provided some expert job search advice. (more…)

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