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Career Connects Will & Grundy. Regional approach to career development for high school and college students. Jenny Govoni , Joliet Junior College. College Changes Everything July 11, 2013. What is Career Connects Will & Grundy County?.

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Career connects will grundy

Career Connects Will & Grundy

Regional approach to career development for high school and college students

Jenny Govoni, Joliet Junior College

College Changes Everything

July 11, 2013


What is Career Connects

Will & Grundy County?

Career Connects Will & Grundy brings together education and businesses to help students and job seekers achieve their goals and address communities’ workforce development needs.

Career Connects Will & Grundy is fully integrated with Career Cruising.

Career Connects and Career Cruising provides powerful tools for students, job seekers, educators and community businesses.


Genesis

The high school BEST program housed at Joliet Junior College would get calls from our local feeder high schools.

- Do you have a nurse to come speak to my anatomy class?

- Do you have an accountant to come speak to my consumer education class?

- Do you have any local companies hiring high school graduates?

The coordinator of the program would do his best to find a nurse, accountant and local companies for Wilmington High School, Joliet Township, Plainfield School District, etc.

The willing nurse is willing to share her expertise, not just at Wilmington, but is available to help out when she can at any local high school. Other local high schools would not know this nurse is available and would either miss the opportunity to have her speak with students or would use up precious time, trying to locate a nurse.

IDEA: Why not have a one-stop-shop that pools all businesses and local professionals interested in sharing their company and expertise with the education community. Too bad we don’t have a web-based software platform that all the schools use ... Or do we? Career Cruising is already used in all area high schools for basic career exploration.


Implementation

Advisory board meets

Key stakeholders engaged

  • Planned launch event

  • Recruited businesses

Hosted school launch

Trained educators

Recruit

Recruit

Recruit

2010:

Idea

Advisory board formed

Funding sources

Feb 2011

Hired 2 p/t business recruiters

  • April 2011

  • Community Launch event

Summer 2011

Sept 2011

School Launch


Implementation (cont.)

2012:

Recruit & Train

  • Sept 2012

  • Hosted professional development for educators

Today


How does Career Connects impact: Students

  • Career development activities

  • Submit questions to real working people

  • Receive targeted communication about job opportunities

  • Gain access to local labor market information


How does Career Connects impact: Educators

  • Student engagement

  • Teacher interaction with students

  • Parents can search for colleges and scholarships

  • Links school activities to local community

  • Identify companies that offer employment or career development activities

  • Connection with companies

  • Track students use of the features


How does Career Connects impact: Businesses

  • Communicate with students and job seekers

  • Create visibility for your company

  • Inform about attributes they look for when hiring

  • Promote the local community


How can businesses get involved in Career Connects?

Set up a company profile

Become a career coach

Offer career development activities


  • Funding

  • Student engagement

Successes

Challenges


Contact Information:

Jenny Govoni | Joliet Junior College

[email protected] | 815-280-1518


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