Let's Talk Jobs. Let's Talk Success.

Hello – and welcome to Career Connect Metro West!

My name is Joe Dutra, and for the past 9 months I’ve been traveling across DuPage County learning about what it’s like to find work for folks in Chicagoland.

Currently, DuPage County can boast a 4.4 percent unemployment rate – compare that to back in 2010 when the unemployment rate for DuPage County was 9.8 and it seems as though we have no issues with jobs… Right?

We have been told that we are no longer in the recession for some time now – and it is true. The economy has picked up, and businesses are hiring. If you want a job, you can find one much easier than in the last 5 years.

But what kind of job can you find? How much are you going to make at that job? Can you see that job brining you opportunities to grow and be successful?

Over the past 9 months, I have spoken to around 300 people interested in finding work. Those people have taught me that employment is a funny thing. Some folks out there are working hard, but barely making ends meet. Others are working multiple part time jobs, and never get to see their family. And yes, I have met people who just cannot get back into the workforce.

We are here to change that. Career Connect has partnered with high quality organizations to bring you the opportunity you need to find success, not just a job. Our partners at the Jane Addams Resource Corporation and the Alliance for Illinois Manufacturing are here to help you learn new skills and find your new career path.

Over the next few months, we are going to talk about a number of things. We will talk about why manufacturing is where you want to be, what some of our current training graduates are up to, and why this is important for you, your family, and our community as a whole.

Thanks for reading, we will talk again soon. In the meantime, check out when our next recruitment event will be here, and get started on changing your life!


Joe D

Lead Coordinator

Career Connect Metro West