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Workforce development week to offer job-seeking insight

WOODSTOCK – The McHenry County Workforce Investment Board is hoping to highlight the importance of workforce development next week, and will offer several opportunities to job-seeking residents in the process.

Coinciding with National Workforce Week, the local week of recognition begins Tuesday with a job fair and skills workshop, and ends Friday with another job fair.

“We’re having different activities to highlight some of the things the Workforce Board is doing to help,” director of the board Jeff Poynter said.

The second job fair on Friday has primarily been organized with the local Brown Printing/Quad Graphics employees in mind, Poynter said.

The printing facility in Woodstock is slated to close by the end of September, as announced in June. More than 500 people will lose their jobs as a result.

Friday’s fair will host 11 employers, including Catty Corporation in Harvard, H.S. Crocker Co. Inc. in Huntley and Printpack Inc. in Elgin, among others.

“The primary target is to help Brown [Printing] people, but it is open to the community,” Poynter said.

With the two job fairs bookending the week, other events throughout the week include an ex-offender workshop, a career planning workshop, an educators fair, a mock interview session and a “Dress for Success” workshop.

All events will take place at the McHenry County Workforce Center, 500 Russel Court in Woodstock. For more information, visit http://shawurl.com/1d8g or call 815-338-7100, ext. 203.

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