Workforce Readiness

6-8 Grade Career Readiness Planning

Healthcare Pilot Program 



Goal: Every Student is Workforce-Ready Upon Graduation

75.5% of students were prepared in 2015. (1)


Champaign County Chamber of Commerce


The workforce ready student has the academic foundation, technical ability, work habits and interpersonal skills to succeed.


The team is represented by 19 entities and has 26 members.  For a complete listing of Workforce Readiness team members, click here.


Why WFR?

An estimated 3 million jobs went unfilled in 2012 due to skills gaps; by 2018, 7 million jobs are expected to go unfilled.(2)
The largest  gap is in the “soft” skills. These are the same set of skills critical to college success.(3)
Having qualified students entering the work force can lead local employers and businesses to experience quicker hiring cycles, have more qualified workers, and have a lower turn-over in staffing.(4)


Committee Updates Here!

WFR Update – November 2017

WFR Update – September 2017

WFR Update – July 2017

WFR Update – June 2017

WFR Update – May 2017

WFR Update – March 2017

WFR Update – October 2016

WFR Update – June 2016

WFR Update – April 2016

WFR Update – February 2016

WFR Update – November 2015

WFR Update – July 2015


For more information contact Laura Weis at or Denise Martin at




  1.   Combined scores of both school districts for the 67% ready level according to ACT WorkKeys.  Found at:
  2. US Chamber of Commerce. Found at
  3. “Developing Social Emotional Skills for the Labor market.” (2013) A policy research paper of the World Bank.  Found at: developing-social-emotional-skills-labor-market-practice-model
  4. “Are they really ready to work?? Employers’ perspectives on the basic knowledge and applied skills of New Entrants to the 21st century U.S. workforce.”  As found at: