Workforce & Business Training

Ensure a competitive advantage

JWCC is here for the business community!

Local businesses are a vital part of our community and JWCC is proud to provide the training and education your company needs:

  • Short-term training for entry-level workers
  • Career training for high-demand vocations
  • Skilled technical training in a variety of areas
  • Workshops and classes to enhance your existing labor force’s skills
  • Courses customized for your company’s needs

A strong community is the goal of John Wood Community College

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What does your company need to succeed?

Customized training for your company’s challenges

JWCC’s Workforce & Business Training programs aim to help the manufacturing and service community identify the skills that companies need now and will need in the future for workforce and manufacturing improvements. Working together, we can prepare the area workforce to meet these needs effectively and efficiently.

Access a comprehensive range of training programs

  • Microsoft Office training, including Access, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Publisher, and Word
  • Computer-Assisted Design (CAD)
  • Electrical
  • Welding
  • Manufacturing (CNC Programming, Machining)
  • Industrial Maintenance
  • Professional Development
    • Leadership and supervisory training
    • “Soft Skills” training
  • Truck Driver Training
    • CDL Class A Training
    • Refresher Training
    • Defensive Driving
    • New Employee Road Test
  • Forklift Training
    • Refresher Training
    • New Hire Orientation
    • Incident Retraining
  • Safety Training
    • NFPA 70E
    • OSHA 10-Hour General Industry
    • OSHA 10-Hour Construction Industry  

Rely on expert instruction customized for your field

  • Experienced industry instructors
  • Hands-on training with industry equipment
  • State-of-the-art classrooms and facilities
  • Training on-site or at JWCC campus
  • Affordable for-profit and nonprofit rates
  • Certificate of completion or college credit available

Contact Us

JWCC Workforce Development Center
4220 Kochs Lane
Quincy, IL 62305
217.641.4971
Email Us

Join these area workforce development partners who count on JWCC

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Learn more about these training specialties:

TRUE TURNOVER COSTS: Create Your Strategic Plan for Workforce Stability Lunch and Learn

Wednesday, September 22
12 – 2 PM

Presenter: Glenn Edwards, Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center (IMEC)
Cost: $45 (lunch included)
Location: JWCC Workforce Development Center, 4220 Kochs Lane, Room W112
CRN: 35241

Learn the hidden costs of employee turnover, and how to improve retention, satisfaction and your bottom line with a workforce strategic plan

Keep doing what you’ve always done and you will see the same results.

Attendees of the True Cost of Turnover Lunch and Learn will learn how much it really costs to hire, train and then lose an employee. Think along the line of tens, even hundreds of thousands of dollars each year! This session will outline the key elements of a strategic plan that focuses on talent acquisition and retention – recruiting the right people for the job and developing a plan to engage employees along the way.

Think on these questions:

  • What small changes can you make today to begin seeing immediate results in your workforce?
  • What long-term adjustments will allow you to acquire the people who will become your ideal workforce?
  • How can you become the company where people want to work?

Join us on September 22 where you will learn to:

  • Determine the true cost of turnover
  • Identify your ideal applicant and understanding their expectations
  • Brand your company to appeal to ideal applicants
  • Retain the team you develop
  • Build a plan for training and employee engagement
  • Develop a culture that values your employees

Cybersecurity Day

Wednesday, October 13
9:30 – 10:45 AM & 1 – 2 PM

Presenter: Winsor Consulting
Cost: FREE
Location: Virtual

While individual companies are at different points in their cybersecurity journey, there is consistency in the gaps they must address. The Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center (IMEC) and JWCC welcome Winsor Consulting to share the common security areas that most manufacturing facilities are lacking, discovered through gap analyses at 30 manufacturers right here in Illinois. Learn how you can turn this awareness into action for your company.

Did you know that 95% of cybersecurity breaches are caused by human error?  Your company is responsible for educating employees to identify and appropriately respond to attempted breaches – but many companies lack security policies and training to do just that.  Cybersecurity Day will inform your team on best practices for maintaining physical and cyber security at work.

With the increase of personal data on digital devices – phones, tablets, computers – personal cybersecurity awareness is a continued necessity. Cybersecurity Day will educate on protecting yourself and reducing the risk of a breach.

AGENDA

Session 1: Cybersecurity Gaps in Manufacturing
9:30 AM – 10:45 AM

Hear top cybersecurity gaps as discovered at Illinois manufacturers, and how to improve protections at your company to become more secure.

Audience
: Manufacturing and industry leaders who impact company security and policies
Location: Virtual

Session 2: Increase Employee and Personal Cybersecurity Awareness
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Outline the top threats to a company because of human error, and how to decrease vulnerability.  Help individuals understand their role in protecting company data, including employee data.

Focus on personal cybersecurity, highlighting how people can protect their personal information and security.  Identify steps to reduce vulnerabilities in their home and electronics.

Audience: All company employees and community members
Location: Virtual

Leadership Series

Introducing a series of three classes which focus on characteristics of effective leaders, ethics, service, and both leadership and communication skills—with special emphasis on listening and engaging with others effectively.

Become the Leader Others Want to Follow

Thursday, September 16
8 AM – 12 PM

Instructor: Rich Ellerman
Cost: $85*
Location: JWCC Workforce Development Center, 4220 Kochs Lane, Room W112
CRN: 35236

This course focuses on the practical aspects of self-evaluation and leadership growth. Attendees learn how to evaluate and recognize servant leadership, engage in effective listening and interaction, as well as learn leadership traits effective leaders have. Much class time is spent on discussion and relatable practices to reinforce continued learning of leadership concepts and actual leadership situations.

Leading From the Front

Thursday, October 7
8 AM – 12 PM

Instructor: Rich Ellerman
Cost: $85*
Location: JWCC Workforce Development Center, 4220 Kochs Lane, Room W112
CRN: 35237

This course focuses on personal development practices and leadership growth. Attendees learn how to identify the value and practices of personal goal setting and evaluation of their leadership. Additionally, they learn to be motivational and create an environment of teamwork. Much class time is spent on discussion and relatable practices to reinforce learning of leadership concepts and actual leadership situations.

Leading to Create Other Leaders

Thursday, November 4
8 AM – 12 PM

Instructor: Rich Ellerman
Cost: $85*
Location: JWCC Workforce Development Center, 4220 Kochs Lane, Room W112
CRN: 35238

This course focuses on the practical aspects of delegating and setting accountability in other leaders and encourages leadership growth. Attendees learn how to have relatable development conversations and set responsibilities by engaging in “Ownership Mindset.” Much class time is spent on discussion, relatable practices, and role play to reinforce continued learning of leadership concepts and review of actual leadership situations.

*$65 for each class if enroll in all three courses

For more information, contact 217.641.4971 or email the Workforce Development Center.

Forklift Training

Date TBA
8:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Instructor: Tom Bentley
Cost: $75
Location: JWCC Workforce Development Center, 4220 Kochs Lane, Room W117

This course consists of classroom and hands-on training. The classroom portion covers general forklift safety, forklift statistics and incident review, and the most common forklift mistakes, while the hands-on training prepares the participant to safely and competently operate a forklift.

For more information, contact 217.641.4971 or email the Workforce Development Center


Lifting and Rigging

Spring 2022 Date TBA
8:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Instructor: Mark Bigelow
Cost: $85
Location: JWCC Workforce Development Center, 4220 Kochs Lane, Room W138
CRN: 35222

This course will cover things like what is the right way to lift an object with your hands or a mechanical device, how to strap a load down, as well as how to use various lifting devices.

This training provides participants with the following information:

  1. Why is ergonomics part of lifting?
  2. Who needs training?
  3. What is Engineering Controls?
  4. What are Work Practices?
  5. What is too much weight?

Rigging Safety
This section will cover: 

  1. Who is a Qualified Rigger?
  2. Who is the Qualified Person?
  3. What is OSHA’s new crane rule?
  4. What are audible signals?
  5. Who is a competent person?
  6. What does “directly under the load” mean?
  7. Who is a Qualified Evaluator (not a third party)?
  8. Who is a Qualified Evaluator (third party)?
  9. Who is a Qualified Person?
  10. What is the Standard Method?
  11. What are the OSHA crane and rigger standards?

For more information, contact 217.641.4971 or email the Workforce Development Center.

 

Electrical Training Courses

Electrical Troubleshooting and Maintenance

October 8 and 15 (2-day class)
8:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Instructor: Rick Gertz
Cost: $1,095 (materials and lunch included)
Location: JWCC Workforce Development Center, 4220 Kochs Lane, Room W112
CRN: 35224

Working with real-world components, students in this two-day “hands-on” Electrical Troubleshooting course will learn how to fix electrical problems quickly and safely.  This two-day course was created to bring students up to speed in their electrical troubleshooting skills as efficiently as possible, and it was designed to cover the most commonly performed electrical troubleshooting tasks a maintenance technician faces in their job every day.  For the novice or experienced electrician, this training course provides a no-nonsense, practical and real-world systematic approach to electrical troubleshooting.  This course can also be adopted as part of a company’s regular Qualified Electrical Worker program.

Course Goals & Objectives:

  • Identify parts of a circuit(s)
  • Apply safety when troubleshooting
  • Draw out multiple circuits, building the different circuits as they are drawn
  • Have a working circuit when completed
  • Know how to take voltage measurements from different points of the circuit
  • Troubleshoot and repair, from drawing, to have a working circuit when completed

For more information, contact 217.641.4971 or email the Workforce Development Center.


NFPA 70E

November 5
8:00 AM – 4:30 PM

Instructor: Rick Gertz
Cost: $195 plus $90 book (one book required per company; lunch included)
Location: JWCC Workforce Development Center, 4220 Kochs Lane, Room W112
CRN: 35225

This eight-hour, instructor-led course teaches an understanding of the mandatory NFPA 70E, 2021 Edition safety standards for electrical safety in the workplace.

This course is intended for hands-on electricians and managers in charge of general electrical safety and covers:

  • Hierarchy of electrical safety
  • Lockout/tagout requirements
  • Proper use of PPE
  • OSHA and NFPA safe work practice requirements


For more information, contact 217.641.4971 or email the 
Workforce Development Center.

 

Certified Fiber Optic Training Courses

Well-trained Fiber Optics Technicians are in demand in today’s job market! JWCC Office for Business and Industry Programs is partnering with BDI DataLynk to offer Fiber Optics Network Certification Courses.

This program is divided into four individual courses that teach the necessary skills to:

  • build
  • test
  • troubleshoot
  • install and
  • repair

Fiber Optic Networks

Fiber optics technicians maintain fiber optic cable systems that carry both voice and digital transmissions. Technicians splice and fuse fibers used in sending and receiving communications data and install cables beneath the ground and in various building structures.

The courses prepare fiber optic students for:

  • the CFOT (Certified Fiber Optics Technician) exam,
  • the CFOS/T (Certified Fiber Optics Testing & Maintenance Specialist) exam,
  • the CFOS/S (Certified Fiber Optics Splicing Specialist) exam,
  • and the CFOS/H (Certified Fiber to the Home Specialist) exam.

Interested in a fiber optics career?
These courses are intended for anyone interested in learning basic fiber optic networking and becoming a Certified Fiber Optics Technician. Note, the courses assume a basic working knowledge of computers, the ability to see and identify small items, and the ability to speak and understand the English language.

*The CFOT course is a prerequisite course, required before taking any of the Advanced Specialist Fiber Optic Training Courses.

Pricing per person:

CFOT training – $895
October 11 – 13 (8 am – 5 pm MT; 8 am – 12 pm W)
CRN: 34680

CFOS/T training – $845
October 13 – 14 (1 – 5 pm W; 8 am – 5 pm R)
CRN: 34681

CFOS/S training -$845
October 15 (8 am – 5 pm)
CRN: 34682

CFOS/H training – $945
October 16 – 17 (8 am – 5 pm)
CRN: 34684

Lunch is included each day.

For more information, contact 217.641.4971 or email the Workforce Development Center.

30-Hour General Industry

Wednesdays, October 6 – 27
8:00 AM – 4:30 PM

Instructor: Bradley Gibbons
Cost: $539 (lunch included)
Location: JWCC Workforce Development Center, 4220 Kochs Lane, Room W112
CRN: 35223

OSHA 30 Hour General Industry Training course is a comprehensive safety program designed for anyone involved in general industry. This course offers the resources and tools to create or enhance an effective safety and health management system, a review of the OSHA Act, and highlights the General Industry Safety and Health Standards. Upon successful completion of the course, participants will receive an OSHA 30-Hour General Industry completion card. The course will be taught by an OSHA Outreach Authorized Trainer.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the OSHA Act, the functions and resources of OSHA
  • Become aware of the OSHA inspection priorities and describe the inspection process
  • Know the rights and responsibilities of employers and employees under the OSH Act
  • Learn the major hazards associated with general industry work and how to avoid, protect or control them.

For more information, call 217.641.4971 or email the Workforce Development Center.


10-Hour General Industry

November 10 and 11 (2 days)
8:00 AM – 1:30 PM

Instructor: Bradley Gibbons
Cost: $195
Location: JWCC Workforce Development Center, 4220 Kochs Lane, Room W117
CRN: 35227

This course is intended to provide entry level general industry workers information about how to identify, abate, avoid and prevent job related hazards on a job site. This course offers the resources and tools to create or enhance an effective safety and health management system, a review of the OSHA Act, and highlights of many key General Industry Safety and Health Standards. Upon successful completion of the course, participants will receive an OSHA 10-Hour General Industry completion card. The course will be taught by an OSHA Authorized Trainer.

For more information, call 217.641.4971 or email the Workforce Development Center.


10-Hour Construction Industry

Future Dates TBA (2 days)
8:00 AM – 1:30 PM

Instructor: Bradley Gibbons
Cost: $195
Location: JWCC Workforce Development Center, 4220 Kochs Lane, Room W117

This course is designed for construction workers, foremen, job supervisors and anyone involved in the construction industry. OSHA recommends the 10-Hour Construction Industry training program as an orientation to occupational safety and health for workers covered by OSHA 29 CFR 1926. Workers must receive additional training, when required by OSHA standards, on the specific hazards of the job. Upon successful completion of the course, participants will receive an OSHA 10-Hour General Industry completion card. The course will be taught by an OSHA Authorized Trainer.

For more information, call 217.641.4971 or email the Workforce Development Center.

EPA 608 Certification

Future Dates TBA (2-day class)
8:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Instructor: Rick Gertz
Cost: $395 (lunch included)
Location: JWCC Workforce Development Center, 4220 Kochs Lane, Room W112

This two-day training course will cover the 2018 federally updated test requirements. This class will include the proctored EPA exam covering type 1, type 2, type 3, and universal certifications. This lifetime certification is required for all HVAC technicians to work legally, purchase hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) refrigerants, or refrigeration components that are controlled by the EPA. Participants will receive the new book of test standards by ESCO to use as a study guide for the new test. With the course fee, participants are allowed to take the test up to four times.

As of January 1, 2018, the new requirements include:

  1. Appliances with >5 pounds of refrigerant has been extended to include HFC appliances.
  2. Appliances between 5 and 50 pounds of refrigerant now have new record keeping requirements.
  3. Reclaimers must provide an annual report to the EPA as to amounts received and reclaimed including HFCs.

Join us for this informative class and pass the new EPA test so you can legally work on HVAC systems. This two-day class will be packed with the knowledge you need to pass the EPA test which will be proctored at the end of day two.

For more information, call 217.641.4971 or email the Workforce Development Center.

Mastering Microsoft Teams

Tuesday, October 5
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Instructor: Andrew Skattebo
Cost: $75
Location: JWCC Workforce Development Center, 4220 Kochs Lane, Room W112
CRN: 35230

Get comfortable using Microsoft Teams to Meet, Collaborate and get things done remotely

  • Create & manage Teams
  • Adding external users (& limitations)
  • Organizing and communicating with Channels, Chat & custom tabs
  • Ad-hoc & scheduled meetings, screensharing and calling
  • Meeting tips for working remote
  • What’s new for 2021 including Live Events, breakout rooms & more

For more information, contact 217.641.4971 or email the Workforce Development Center.


Google for Local Business

Tuesday, October 12
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Instructor: Andrew Skattebo
Cost: $65
Location: JWCC Workforce Development Center, 4220 Kochs Lane, Room W132
CRN: 35232

Many small businesses struggle to stay in front of potential customers and rise above the noise of competing products and services. This workshop will show you how to get Google to showcase your local business, send you customers ready to buy, and improve your referrals. Learn about the free or low-cost tools and services Google offers for local businesses. See real-world examples of what’s working today. Leave with a one-page checklist to jumpstart your Google marketing efforts.

Attendees will leave knowing:

  • The keys to local SEO, how to spot a scam and what to do instead
  • Why your “Google My Business” profile is so important and the key things that will make it really stand out
  • The three types of Google searches your local business needs to pay attention to. (The most important one is not what you think.)
  • The most profitable Google AdWords campaigns for local business
  • Why online reputation is so important and a simple plan to protect and improve yours
  • How to measure your online marketing success to avoid throwing away money
  • The four Google tools you’ll want to set up right away that won’t cost you a cent

For more information, contact 217.641.4971 or email the Workforce Development Center.


LinkedIn for Business

Tuesday, October 26
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Instructor: Andrew Skattebo
Cost: $65
Location: JWCC Workforce Development Center, 4220 Kochs Lane, Room W132
CRN: 35234

You may think of LinkedIn as an online jobs site but it is so much more. In this 3-hour workshop, we’ll help you transform your profile from a boring resume into a dynamic and effective sales page that drives leads for your business. We’ll show you how to:

  • Create a profile layout that works as a sales and marketing page
  • Get LinkedIn to notify your contacts of your latest products and services for free
  • Where to put your most popular services so they show up in LinkedIn searches
  • When and how to use a Business Page
  • Posts vs Articles and how to use each
  • Using groups to increase your reach and results
  • How to tell if one of LinkedIn’s paid options is right for you

We’ll be using real examples of what works and if you want to get “hands-on,” you can follow along with your own profile, live.

For more information, contact 217.641.4971 or email the Workforce Development Center.


Facebook for Local Business

Spring 2022 Date TBA
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Instructor: Andrew Skattebo
Cost: $65
Location: JWCC Workforce Development Center, 4220 Kochs Lane, Room W132
CRN: 35228

Creatively use Facebook to connect with existing customers and reach new audiences on a budget

  • Set expectations and measuring success of your social media campaigns
  • Generating ideas from other businesses using Facebook’s built-in tools
  • Social post Ideas for maximum reach & engagement
  • The incredible power of Facebook Events and a playbook for using every feature
  • Facebook Ads intro –  getting the most from a boosted post

Each topic includes real-life examples of what is working today and how to best apply them to your situation.


Facebook Ads for Local Business

Spring 2022 Date TBA
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Instructor: Andrew Skattebo
Cost: $65
Location: JWCC Workforce Development Center, 4220 Kochs Lane, Room W113

Expanding your social media reach and results with paid ads.

  • Getting familiar with Business Manager
  • Preparing your website for Facebook Ads
  • Using Ads Manger – Campaigns, Ad Sets & Ad types
  • Creating Facebook Custom Audiences
  • Targeting Secrets
  • Putting it all together – Ad Campaign start to finish

We’ll show you how to get maximum results with minimum budget.


Computer classes customized for employers’ needs

Area employers may request customized classes for Microsoft Office programs, Facebook/Social Media, and Google/Digital Marketing. For more information, employers should contact 217.641.4971 or 217.641.4929.

Register for Workforce Education Classes

For more information, contact 217.641.4971 or email the Workforce Development Center.

Workforce Business Education Workshops

Worker at computer

These one-day workshops provide an overview of essential business skills and tools:

  • Google for Local Business
  • Facebook for Local Business
  • LinkedIn for Business

Contact Gordon Forbes, Business and Industry Coordinator, at 217.641.4929 to explore solutions and easy-to-access tools to strengthen your business and workforce.

Job Link connects job seekers with employers

Job Link is a resource provided by JWCC to connect job seekers with local employment opportunities. Potential employees can sign up to receive notifications of new jobs posted in their areas of interest.

Looking for employment? Job seekers register here!

Job Link

Employers, looking for a skilled addition to your workforce? Register for an employer Job Link account. to:

  • create new job listings
  • manage current job postings
  • set a start and end date to automatically remove the posting based on your deadline
  • Add internship opportunities in Job Link! Simply select the “internships” category when creating your job listing.

To update your listings, please access your employer login.