Program spotlights local students who chose in-demand regional career

By Herald-Whig
Posted: May. 14, 2019 9:30 am Updated: May. 14, 2019 10:19 am

QUINCY -- A program designed to celebrate local students entering the workforce is scheduled for May 22.

Adams County Works Career Guidance Team partners are hosting the inaugural Career Launch Signing Day event at 4 p.m. at the Quincy Community Theatre in the Oakley-Lindsay Center.

The signing day program is in partnership with the Great River Economic Development Foundation, John Wood Community College and Quincy Area Vocational and Technical Center.

All are welcome to attend. The event will acknowledge students who chose an in-demand regional career and are now being hired by a local employer.

At the Career Launch Signing Day, students becoming newly hired employees, along with the companies they work for, will sign an empowering work-ready pledge. Each newly hired student also will receive a special certificate from the Adams County Works (ACW) team and its partners.

"The faculty and staff at John Wood take pride in watching our students succeed," said Kristen Foster, who is part of the ACW team and the coordinator of career services at JWCC. "It is our pleasure to recognize our student's accomplishments and to help our local workforce leaders hire and retain a skilled workforce.

"Being a part of an event that highlights our career and technical programs, our local industry partners and our accomplished students is a win-win-win."

The event recognizes students entering into careers in transportation, distribution and logistics; manufacturing; health science; and agriculture.

Among the local employers participating are Archer Daniels Midland, Blessing Hospital, Knapheide Manufacturing and Quincy Medical Group.

The Adams County Works Career Guidance Team's mission is to encourage and foster awareness of careers, educate youth and job seekers about area career opportunities and build connections between families and local employers.

The Career Guidance Team is sponsored by the Great River Economic Development Foundation, John Wood Community College, Quincy University, United Way of Adams County, West Central Region Education For Employment System No. 240, and Workforce Innovation Board of Western Illinois.

For more information, contact Joi Cuartero Austin at GREDF at 217-223-4313.