Current Events

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Landing a Job When You Have a Disability

Wednesday, January 25, 2023
10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
In-Person: Job Center of Lake County
Virtual/Online: Zoom

Learn more about:

  • Job opportunities for individuals with disabilities
  • How to transition back into employment
  • Requesting an accommodation

Hear from dynamic speakers, including:

  • Illinois Department of Human Services Division of Rehabilitation Services
  • Lake County Workforce Development
  • Special Guests: Dina Donohue-Chase from Anixter Center and Anka Starke from Goodwill Great Lakes

For more information, call 847-377-3442.

Note: ASL interpretation will be available for this event.

LCWDB State of the Workforce 2023

State of the Workforce: Lake County 2023

Wednesday, February 15, 2023
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Attend online through Zoom.

During this interactive virtual event, the Lake County Workforce Development Business Services team will discuss the State of the Workforce in Lake County. 

Learn about:

  • Industry insights
  • Emerging trends
  • Challenges impacting local employers and workforce
  • Upcoming events and initiatives

Past Events

Small Business Networking Event December 2022

Small Business Networking Event

Tuesday, December 13, 2022
9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
500 W. Winchester Road, Libertyville, IL 60048

Finding a Common Ground: Sharing Resources to Help Small Businesses Thrive

Topics of Discussion:

  • Training, Recruiting, and Culture
  • Health Resources
  • Fringe Benefits
  • Small Business Benefits and Grants
  • Government Resources

Meet the Panelists:

  • Carrie Espinosa, Horizon Benefit Services
  • Sarah Mitial, People Architectural Group, LLC
  • Michael Darling, Farmers Insurance
  • Eric Kurtz, College of Lake County
  • Moderated by Antonio Garcia, Lake County Workforce Development

For more information, call 847-348-9049.

University Center Internship and Career Expo 2022

University Center Internship & Career Expo

Thursday, December 8, 2022
4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
1200 University Center Drive, Grayslake, IL 60048

Local businesses will be on-site seeking candidates to fill current internship and job openings. Be prepared for on-the-spot interviews and bring plenty of updated resumes and dress professionally.

Employers seeking local talent include:

  • A Safe Place
  • Allendale Association
  • Aramark Healthcare+
  • Community Consolidated School District 46
  • Consumers Credit Union
  • Durham School Services
  • Farmers Insurance
  • Great Lakes Credit Union
  • Illinois Department of Children & Family Services (DCFS)
  • Illinois State Police
  • JQL Technologies (Defense, Satellite, Public Safety, Space)
  • Lake County Health Department and Community Health Center
  • Meyer Machine Supply & Equipment
  • Nicasa Behavioral Health Services
  • NorthShore University HealthSystem
  • Primerica
  • Six Flags Great America
  • Woodland Community Consolidated School District 50
  • Zacharias Sexual Abuse Center.
University Center Fall Open House

University Center of Lake County: Open House

Thursday, November 3, 2022
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
1200 University Center Drive, Grayslake, IL 60030

Join University Center of Lake County in person to find out ways you can advance in your education and your career.

Learn about enrollment requirements, resources, financial aid, and scholarship opportunities for all 12 colleges at the University Center. Speak with representatives to find out the path that best fits your needs.

Training Options in Manufacturing - A Panel Discussion

Training Options in Manufacturing: A Panel Discussion

Thursday, October 27, 2022
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Virtual / Online – Zoom

Learn about training and careers in the high-demand, high-growth field of manufacturing.

Who should attend:

  • Job seekers interested in the field of manufacturing
  • Professionals who counsel individuals regarding career opportunities and training

Hear from panelists representing:

  • College of Lake County’s Advanced Manufacturing Programs
  • First Institute’s Training in Welding
  • Symbol Training Institute’s CNC Training

Also, learn about a grant that can cover your cost for training or a paid work experience in manufacturing!

2nd Annual Hire Lake County Job Fair

2nd Annual Hire Lake County Job Fair

Tuesday, September 27, 2022
11:00 AM – 1:30 PM
Marriott Resort Lincolnshire – Ten Marriott Drive, Lincolnshire, IL 60069

Sponsored by the Lincolnshire Marriott Resort, in partnership with the Village of Lincolnshire, Job Center of Lake County, and Lake County Workforce Development.

This is a chance for you to meet face-to-face with employers from across a variety of industries. This is a free event to job seekers.

More than 85 employers will be present with 1,000+ jobs available!

Free parking is available.

Catholic Charities Job Fair 2022

Catholic Charities Resource & Hiring Event

Wednesday, August 31, 2022
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Catholic Charities Community Center

Employers will be ready to hire at the Catholic Charities Community Center. Learn about the resources of Catholic Charities, the Job Center of Lake County, and 211 Lake County.

Opportunities are available with local employers in fields including:

  • Manufacturing
  • Food Service & Housekeeping
  • Retail & Hospitality
  • Sales & Customer Service
  • Transportation

Please dress professionally and bring copies of your resume.

Please Note: Employers must pre-register to attend by August 24.

Lake County Job and Resource Fair for Individuals With Disabilities 2022

Lake County Job and Resource Fair for Individuals With Disabilities

Wednesday, August 24, 2022
1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Round Lake Area Park District – Sports Center

Sponsored by Goodwill Great Lakes, IDES, IDHS, Independence Center, and Sports Center Round Lake.

People with disabilities have an array of skill sets, yet they are part of a hidden and underutilized labor market. This event is open to job seekers with any type of disability. Please dress professionally and bring copies of your resume.

Please Note: Employers must register to attend by August 12. Job seekers are encouraged to pre-register as well; however, walk-ins are welcome.

Senator Bush Career & Resource Fair 2022

10th Annual Career & Resource Fair

Wednesday, August 10, 2022
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Zion Sports Arena

Sponsored by Senator Melinda Bush, the 10th Annual Career & Resource Fair will provide back-to-work resources and job opportunities.

Available opportunities include:

  • Distribution & Logistics
  • Health Care
  • Manufacturing
  • Professional Services
  • Retail
  • State & Local Government
  • Transportation

For more information, contact Senator Bush’s office at

Dare 2 Care 2022

Coalition to Reduce Recidivism & Partners: “I Matter: Dare 2 Care” High School Youth Summit

Friday, August 5, 2022
10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

On behalf of Waukegan Township Supervisor, Marc L. Jones, Coalition Chairperson / Founder, Patricia Jones, and President, Dr. Mary Roberson, this year’s event will feature a dynamic and motivational group of breakout speakers/leaders who will oversee a specific topic.

Topics include:

  • Health Relationships
  • Positive Mind, Positive Outcome
  • Community Policing
  • Social Media Management
  • Life Coping Skills

Pre-registration is needed to participate and will be open until Thursday, July 14th at 4:00 pm. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Dijon Ross at

Juneteenth Festival

Juneteenth Festival of Lake County Black Expo

Saturday, June 18, 2022
11:00 AM – 5:00 PM

The Job Center of Lake County will host a table during the Juneteenth Festival of Lake County Black Expo.

Juneteenth is the celebration of the freedom of African Americans. Events at the Juneteenth Festival of Lake County will include a Parade in North Chicago, Black Expo in Waukegan, and Gospel Concert and Prayer Breakfast.

  • Youth in the community will showcase their talents through marching bands, drill teams, sound stage, and community leadership projects associated with the three-day festival.
  • There will be ongoing Violence Prevention programming during and after the event.
  • There will be health and wellness screening presented by regional health institutions.
Business Services Training Opportunities

Business Services Workforce Training Opportunities

Wednesday, May 11, 2022
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

This presentation will highlight the current employers working with the Lake County Workforce Development’s Business Services team to offer work experiences, on-the-job training opportunities, and upcoming openings.

Key Industries:

  • Healthcare
  • Retail & Food Service
  • Hospitality
  • Other Industries
Educator Career Fair 2022


Dr. Michael Karner, Regional Superintendent of Schools, has partnered with the Lake County Workforce Department and the Job Center of Lake County to host this event.

Saturday, April 23, 2022
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Lakes Community High School, 1600 Eagle Way, Lake Villa, IL 60046.

At the event, professionals will have the opportunity to engage with several recruiting School District Employers and learn about career paths within the education industry.

Over 100 positions are available, including:

  • Teachers
  • Support Staff
  • Student Support Services
  • Athletics/Activities
  • Maintenance/Custodial
  • And more
Tech Campus 2022

Career Expo TECHCampus 2022

Presented by the Lake County Workforce Ecosystem

Thursday, April 21, 2022

Hosted at Lake County Tech Campus, 19525 W Washington St, Grayslake, IL 60030.

Learn about the following Career Path Areas:

  • Transportation & Logistics
  • Manufacturing
  • Information Technology
  • Human Services
  • Health Services

For more information, contact Danielle Friedlieb at or (847) 543-6005.

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Career Event at Legacy Reentry Foundation

Thursday, April 14, 2022
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Hosted at Legacy Reentry Foundation, 420 West Clayton Street, Waukegan, IL 60085.

The Job Center is on the move and ready to help you with your career transition! Call 847-377-3450 to schedule a 30-minute, individualized appointment with a staff member or walk-in to talk to local employers. Individual appointments may include one of the following services:

  • Discuss your career transition
  • Develop or customize your resume
  • Connect with funding for training
  • Explore paid work experience (internship) options
  • Learn about businesses with job opportunities in your area

For details about Legacy Reentry Foundation, call 800-573-8538.

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Wednesday, February 16, 2022
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Attend online through Zoom.

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission enforces Federal laws prohibiting employment discrimination. These laws protect employees and job applicants against employment discrimination,

Training Topics:

  • EEOC Coverage and Employment Discrimination Rights for Employees and Employers
  • Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) and Fidelity Bonding
  • Local Business Services and Resources
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Wednesday, February 9, 2022
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Attend online through Zoom.

During this interactive virtual event, the Lake County Workforce Development Business Services team will discuss the State of the Workforce in Lake County. 

Learn about:

  • Industry insights
  • Emerging trends
  • Challenges impacting local employers and workforce
  • Upcoming events and initiatives


Wednesday, October 27, 2021
12:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Sponsored by the Marriott Lincolnshire Resort
10 Marriott Drive, Lincolnshire, IL 60069

Note: COVID-19 protocols apply. Mask required. This is an indoor event.

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Thursday, October 14, 2021
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM

Attend online through Zoom or in person at any of these sites:

  • Youth Conservation Corps 1020 W. Greenwood Ave, Waukegan, IL
  • Job Center of Lake County, 1 N. Genesee St. Waukegan, IL

This event will leave you inspired to continue on the path to your career goals with the support of your community!

Set yourself on a new path in this workshop!

  • Learn about five organizations that offer free training opportunities to young people.
  • Get inspired with Jheri Bevil, founder of Readjust Your Crown.
  • Hear from a panel of five young professionals who are moving along their career pathway!
  • Set your own career goals with Ashannti Ross, Project Lead for Workforce Development.