Our dynamic partnerships proactively work hard to help bridge the gap between, employers, employees and education institutions to deliver a unified approach to meet labor needs.
By working with our partners, we have developed programs to recruit, retain and train a robust workforce. We stressed the importance of proven, successful collaborations between schools and companies to create specialized training programs.
Businesses and industries evolved and so as the methods to retain and attract talent in our area. Our working relationship has led to several economic developments initiates to strengthen the emerging worker pipelines.
Rochelle offers full access to the reliable, willing and skilled workforce:
Students are exposed to career pathways at a young age. As these kids get older they are given the opportunity to learn first-hand through several hands-on programs such as work-based training, industry mentors, internships, apprentices, tours, shadowing and different career exploration events.
The elementary schools offer a unique Dual Language program in which students will become masters in both English and Spanish by the time they exit school. This program is offered to students of all backgrounds and is a great way to foster bilingual and bicultural graduates who are ready to communicate and collaborate in the ever-changing global economy that is becoming more diverse each year.
Rochelle Middle School offers a STEM program that is recognized by the State of Illinois as a leader in science, technology, engineering, and math education. Through these STEM classes, students obtain early skills and experiences in the fast-paced and evolving sector of STEM careers.
Rochelle Township High School offers the most Advanced Placement and Dual Credit classes of any school in the county and our immediate area. These educational opportunities are so important because the offerings expose students to college-level classes while still in high school fast-tracking their career pathways. Not only is this a positive for parents as they save money, but it is crucial for our community as the district produces more and more students who will enter the labor pool sooner.
Rochelle Township High School also provides an opportunity for Juniors and Seniors to attend more than twenty career and technical education courses through the Kishwaukee Education Consortium (KEC). KEC is a partnership with Kishwaukee Community College which allows students to earn both high school and college credit in a variety of careers such as computer science, welding, automotive technology, nursing, and many more.
KEC – Kishwaukee Education Consortium
Provides an opportunity for Juniors and Seniors from area district high schools to take career and technical education courses in facilities on the Kishwaukee College Campus. The students earn both high school and college credit.
Kishwaukee Community College
A strong partner that provides quality and efficient service to area business that helps keep their companies and staff members competitive by focusing on employee training and professional development.
Director of Business & Training Partnerships
The Business Employment Services Team offers customized candidate recruitments, skill development and training for employers. BEST provides funding to help offset the cost of training of new employees as well the existing workforce. These programs reflect a collaborative effort with the business community.