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Workforce development week to aid McHenry County job seekers, employers

WOODSTOCK – Starting Monday, the McHenry County Workforce Network will host numerous events designed to help area businesses and job seekers as part of National Workforce Development Week.

Live demonstrations Monday morning that highlight the skills workers need to succeed in the manufacturing industry kickoff the week-long activities, said Network Director Jeffrey Poynter. A subsequent event Monday afternoon covers the latest strategies job seekers need for their job search.

The events mark the second consecutive year the network has organized a slew of informational activities for perspective employees and area employers during National Workforce Development Week. The network’s effort is all about creating a head start for people looking to ace a job interview or take their business to the next level, Poynter said.

“There is something everyday for everybody,” he said.

All events take place inside the McHenry County Workforce Center, 500 Russel Court, Woodstock. For a complete listing of events, visit www.mchenrycountyworkforce.com or call the network at 815-338-7100, ext. 2771.

The week-long activities conclude Thursday with an employer job fair for job seekers. A new addition to the events this year feature four seminars Tuesday morning for businesses about the use of technology and data analysis, Poynter said.

County Board member Donna Kurtz, R-Crystal Lake, spearheaded the idea since more businesses are using data to identify customer needs and new markets, he said. Job seekers looking to enter growing science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields (STEM) also should find the seminars useful.

“With all the STEM career needs out there, this event goes a long way,” Poynter said. “It’s one of the growing pieces, and more and more companies are looking at data analysis to address their needs.”

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