SUCCESS Newsletter for Lake County Workforce Development Who’s Inside? Trainees 1 Business 3 Youth 4 Workforce 7 Investment Board Job Center Fall 2014 Lake County Workforce Development funds qualified job seekers for short-term training in high demand occupations. The goal is to help trainees gain the up-to-date skills necessary to compete in the current market. Read on to learn how these trainees launched their next careers. 8 CNC Training Leads to Career Transition Dale worked in the banking industry for several years. When he was recently laid off, he knew it was time for a change, but he did not know where to look. After researching options, he decided that the manufacturing industry would provide him with opportunities and a career. Lake County Workforce Development helped him apply for training under the ATIM* grant. Dale started an accelerated 16-week training course at Symbol Training Institute in February 2014. He learned CNC operation, setup and programming. He also received industry recognized credentials from the National Institute of Metalworking Skills (NIMS) and a safety certificate. Dale was hired by a Skokie manufacturer as a CNC Machinist, a few weeks prior to his graduation date in mid June. He said that he liked the flexible class scheduling and that his instructors took time to answer his questions and even checked on his progress after he began his job. As a part of the Advanced Training for Illinois Manufacturing (ATIM) program, the Metro Suburban Region received a $2 million grant award to work with employers in developing workers for high demand manufacturing jobs. Lake County Workforce Development has sent 41 people to training in the areas of: CNC set up and operation, robotics (mechatronics), and welding.