Workforce Expo for Evanston teens, young adults forges career connections

November 4, 2013 08:00 AM

Evanston teens and young adults aged 16-25 can explore career opportunities in a range of high-growth industries at a Workforce Expo on Tuesday, November 19 from 2:00-4:30pm. Representatives from local business, health care, logistics, retail/hospitality, and manufacturing employers gather in Room N112 at Evanston Township High School, 1600 Dodge Avenue, for this free event.
Career Connections: Launching Your Future, sponsored by the Evanston-based nonprofit Youth Job Center, ETHS, and Oakton Community College, is not a job fair -- but attendees can meet professionals, find out what it takes to gain employment in these fast-growing sectors, and learn more about training resources. Oakton Community College will be on-site to provide information about certificate and degree programs that can help attendees meet their career goals.
"The Youth Job Center serves more than 1,500 youth each year – and last year, we placed more than half of those served in quality, fulltime jobs," notes YJC Executive Director Sacella Smith, adding, "Events like the Workforce Expo are critical because youth learn about viable career path opportunities and the skills they need to be successful in the workplace."

Participating employers include Amtrak; Comcast; CVS/Caremark; Hagerty Consulting, Inc.; Hilton Garden Inn; Newly Foods; and St. Francis Hospital.
Doors open at 2:00pm and the event runs through 4:30pm. Attendance is limited to Evanston residents; attendees must bring appropriate identification, including a current ETHS student ID, a driver’s license, or a government-issued ID.
Founded in 1983, Youth Job Center is a leading provider of employment-related services for disadvantaged and at-risk youth in Evanston and Chicago. Each year, it provides job-readiness, placement and employment support services to approximately 1,400 youth.
Evanston Township High School is a four-year (9-12) comprehensive high school that is among the top two percent of high schools in the nation. Established in 1883, the school serves approximately 3,100 students annually from the City of Evanston and a small portion of Skokie. Embracing its diversity, ETHS dedicates itself to educating all students to their fullest potential.
With more than 2,500 course offerings each term, Oakton Community College, founded in 1969, offers a wealth of educational options in the heart of Chicago’s northern suburbs. From degree programs to non-credit career enhancement and personal enrichment courses, Oakton – with campuses in Des Plaines and Skokie -- has something for everyone. 
For more information about the Workforce Expo, contact Shelley Gates, ETHS Department Chair for Career and Technical Education, at or 847-424-7660.


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