Workforce Innovation Fund Archive

Archived Workforce Innovation Fund Regional Partnership Information.



Information and materials provided on this page date from the beginning planning stages of the Workforce Innovation Fund initiative and are made available to provide historical context.  Some program design elements have evolved since this information was originally posted. In such cases the information provided here has been superseded by updates available at the ATIM Workforce and Education Partner Online Guide page.

Workforce Innovation Fund Regional Partnerships

The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity and its agency partners, the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) and the Illinois Community College Board (ICCB) were awarded funds from the U.S. Department of Labor for workforce innovation.

Illinois is focusing efforts to meet the ongoing demand for skilled workers in manufacturing. The project will scale up and sustain regional sector partnerships to address the growing skilled worker shortages in manufacturing and to improve employer and participant outcomes in terms of efficiency and effectiveness. It is estimated that the project will serve 600-800 WIA eligible Adults and Dislocated Workers. It is anticipated that this request for application will fund 4-6 regional manufacturing partnerships to implement and evaluate the regional partnership model with regional customization for further innovation resulting in enhanced and improved employer and participant outcomes.


Archived WIF Regional Partnership Videos



​Regional Manufacturing Website Planning

The Manufacturers Education Initiative is undergoing implementation across Illinois to grow a pipeline of skilled workers for manufacturing careers. To help with achieving effective outreach, the Manufacturing Innovation Initiative will provide several regions with a new website to align employers with education and training, outreach, and recruitment.

Planning activities are underway for the Regional Manufacturing Website. Completed activities include:

  • An Envisioning Session held July 10, 2013. The Regional Manufacturing Website Envisioning Summary is based on information gathered during the July 10, 2012, stakeholder meeting held at the East Peoria Illinois Central Valley Community College.
  • Draft home page graphical designs were created for feedback.
  • The Regional Manufacturing Website Planning Webinar was held on March 22, 2013. The feedback collected during the webinar is compiled in the Regional Manufacturing Website Envisioning Webinar Feedback document dated March 26, 2013.

Based on feedback, the site’s functions, navigation, and graphical design will be updated during April 2013.

Planning Information

Final Envisioning Summary Innovation Fund Regional Manufacturing Website (PDF)Final Regional ManufacturingWebsite EnvisioningFeedback Webinar (PDF)​Final Regional Manufacturing Website Envisioning Webinar Feedback Summary (PDF)


RFA Documents and Forms

Request for Application (PDF)


Partnership Resources

Archived FAQ (P​D​F)

MSSC Certified Instructors in Illinois (PDF)

WIF ATIM Project Plan Template (PDF)

WIF ATIM Training - Tuesday Morning Presentation (PDF)

WIF ATIM Training Tuesday Afternoon Presentation (PDF)

WIF ATIM Training Wednesday Presentation (PDF)

Illinois workNet WIF ATIM Training Presentation (PDF)

WIF ATIM Introduction Presentation (PDF)

WIF Statewide Innovation Flowchart (PDF)

MSSC Table (PDF)

Creating a Successful Bridge Program: "How To" (PDF)

Shifting Gears Building Bridges for Success (Website)

Accelerating Opportunity (Website)

Industry Certifications (Website)

Funding Career Pathways & Career Pathway Bridges: A Federal Policy Toolkit (Website)

Illinois Pathways Manufacturing Learning Exchange (Website)

CLASP, New Alliance to Define Quality Career Pathways (Website)

WIA Regulations at 20 CFR (PDF)

State WIA Policies (Website)

Innovation Technical Proposal and Logic Model (PDF)

Illinois Evaluation Plan Revised 07-302012 (MS Word)

WIA Eligibility for Title 1B of the WIA Guide (PDF)

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