Submit Success Stories

​If your programs or customers have success stories as a result of Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act (WIOA) funding or other special programs carried out through Illinois workNet, you and your customers can submit success stories to display on this site and on WIOA Works for Illinois.  Visit the Success Stories page to see what they look like.

How to Submit Success Stories

  1. Review the Guide for Writing Your Customer's Success Story (PDF).
  2. Log into your Illinois workNet workforce partner account and submit your customer's story. (Note: The customer's username is required when submitting on behalf of the customer.) 

Success Story Writing Tips

The most effective stories are written by the youth and employers who were directly impacted by the program.  These stories convey, in the person's own voice, how the program helped them and the value of the program. An accompanying photo adds interest and visual appeal while demonstrating the diversity of those served by the program.

To write an effective success story, you should include the following:

Situation and/or background:

  • Employment and/or training program offered by your Illinois workNet Center or service provider.
  • What is your background?
  • What were you trying to achieve?
  • Why is this program important to the people of Illinois?

Program activities that led to your success:

  • What action(s) did you take?
  • What positive change occurred?


  • How do you measure your success?
  • Details of new job / career / plans for future (e.g., got a job, enrolled in training, enlisted in the military).

Finishing Touches:

  • Avoid repetition and excessive personal details.
  • Proofread the story.
  • Include a photo (see infographic for photo tips).
  • Keep headlines short (10 words or less).
Success Story Picture Tips