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Our Mission

The WSJC is a coalition of community service agencies and other stakeholders working together to increase access to training and a living wage for low-income residents in DuPage County.

The West Suburban Jobs Council:

  Creates increased opportunities for funding and advocacy through a coalition of community agencies
  Collaborates to influence public policy to assist low income workers
  Provides professional development and cohort training programs for member agencies and their clients
  Develops networking opportunities and shares information to maximize resources

Tell your Senators to Support the JOBS Act

Under current law, Pell Grants - needs-based grants for low-income and working students— can only be applied toward programs that are over 600 clock hours or at least 15 weeks in length, even though many job training programs are shorter term. The JOBS Act would expand Pell Grant eligibility to students enrolled in high-quality job training programs that are at least 8 weeks in length and lead to industry-recognized credentials and certificates.

According to the National Skills Coalition's analysis, nearly half of all job openings between now and 2024 will be “middle-skill” jobs that require education beyond high school but not a four-year degree. While the number of students pursuing postsecondary certification is growing, the supply of skilled workers still falls short of industry demand. Middle-skill jobs account for 53 percent of United States’ labor market, but only 43 percent of the country’s workers are trained to the middle-skill level.

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The WSJC is affiliated with the   Chicago Jobs Council  (CJC).
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