Workforce development is an increasingly important component for community and economic development. To have effective business retention, attraction, and expansion strategies, the local workforce is a primary ingredient. Community and Economic Development Educators work with local workforce investment boards, universities, and community colleges to develop plans to address workforce training and recruitment needs. Our educators also offer custom training programs for businesses or organizations looking to enhance their employees’ skills and improve their efficiencies.

Age Matters: Helps managers and directors develop effective communication and management strategies which reflect generational preferences and values.

Real ColorsIntroduces different communications styles and ways of processing information. For individuals and groups such as school staffs, businesses, government offices and community organizations.

On the Front Line Customer Service: Provides information and skill development for improved customer service.

Poverty SimulationAddresses the challenges of living with limited resources and an abundance of stress. The role play is a powerful way to convey real world obstacles to securing food and shelter.

Program Highlights:

Illinois Extension hosts new workforce development event for Canton high school students

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Contact a Local Community and Economic Development Extension Professional to inquire about programming available to you and your community.