Federally funded, locally driven, we are East Central Illinois’ workforce development agency operating under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).
The Illinois workNet Portal System
To expand economic opportunity, the Illinois workNet® Portal and Program utilizes partnerships and technology to expand seamless and real-time access to workforce development resources aimed at individuals, employers, and workforce/education partners. Innovative partnerships span state economic development, workforce development, education agencies, and local workforce innovation boards along with their public and private partners, including local governments, community colleges, and non-profit organizations. Through partnerships that leverage technology, it realizes a common vision to plan for the economic futures of communities and provide a seamless array of services.
The Illinois workNet Portal System was launched in June 2005 by the Governor’s Illinois Workforce Innovation Board (IWIB) as the state’s workforce development portal. Since then, Illinois workNet has evolved to not only continue as the online source for local and statewide resources and tools to help individuals, employers, and workforce/education partners achieve their training and employment goals, but also as the source for facilitating statewide programs. Some of the most recent examples of statewide programs include the EPIC Program, Youth Career Pathways, and many others.
The IWIB continues to remain involved and provide leadership as Illinois workNet expands to meet the needs of individuals, employers, and workforce/education partners. The IWIB is currently co-chaired by Mr. John Rico, President/CEO of Rico Enterprises and Ms. Erin Guthrie, Director of the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.
Illinois workNet is sponsored by Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity and made possible through state, local, and private sector partnerships.
East Central Illinois workNet
The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) requires that Local Workforce Development Areas complete a Regional Planning Process. In Illinois, the Governor has designated the following counties as the East Central Economic Development Region 2: Champaign, Ford, Iroquois, Piatt, and Vermilion counties.
About the Champaign County RPC
The Champaign County Regional Planning Commission is the fiscal agent and administrator of Title I federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) funds. The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014 provides the framework for a unique workforce preparation and employment system designed to meet both the needs of job seekers and those who want to further their careers or education. The key aspect of the Act is its focus on meeting the needs of local businesses for a skilled workforce.
*Illinois workNet Centers are an Equal Opportunity Employer/Program. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities at Illinois workNet Centers. Sponsored by Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.
**Our core partners in the American Job Center include the Illinois Department of Employment Security, Illinois Department of Human Services and Parkland College.