Workforce Development Update

[share]Community leaders and stakeholders are making progress on developing a shared vision for workforce development in the Adams County region. You may recall that in April of this year, more than 40 area leaders gathered to discuss workforce issues and create a platform for continued collaboration. Much work has been done since that time to move this agenda forward.


Several key issues were identified during the April meeting, and three teams have been established to address the most critical of those issues.

  • Career Guidance Team: working with businesses to convey to individuals the career opportunities and earning potential available in the Adams County region
  • Work Readiness Team: helping individuals understand what qualities they will need to be successful, productive employees and citizens
  • Succession Planning Team: ensuring that as workers retire, the knowledge of those retirees stays with local companies and within the community

All three groups have met and are in the process of developing missions and goals specific to their area of workforce development. (The goal is to tie work of all the teams together into one comprehensive plan with measurable short and long-term objectives.)

This Adams County workforce initiative is being guided by a steering committee consisting of representatives from theWorkforce Investment Board of Western IllinoisJohn Wood Community CollegeUnited Way of Adams CountyQuincy UniversityWest Central Region Education for Employment System #240Quincy Public SchoolsVatterott College andGREDF.

If you would like to get involved in one of the workforce teams, please contact Megan Backs at 217.223.4313 or