Apprenticeship: A New Vision

Event Summary

For National Apprenticeship Week, the Illinois Workforce Innovation Board’s Apprenticeship Committee and the Illinois Workforce Partnership (IWP) jointly hosted an event, “Apprenticeship: A New Vision,” on November 15, 2017 at Parkland College in Champaign, Illinois. Approximately 100 people attended, representing 18 different community colleges, 17 workforce development agencies, nine private sector businesses, and many others including community organizations, K-12 education, and state agencies. After a presentation by Ronda Kliman with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Apprenticeship, various spotlight presentations were given.

Paul Thompson, Ill, with City Colleges of Chicago – Harold Washington College spoke on partnering with community colleges to support both apprentices and employers.

Erin Steva with the Young Invincibles presented key strategies on making apprenticeships work for Illinois’ young adults.

Michael Barth with thyssenkrupp Presta Danville spoke on how thyssenkrupp created their own youth apprenticeship and the lessons learned to make it a stronger program.

Julio Rodriguez, Deputy Director for the Office of Employment and Training at the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO), advocated using apprenticeships as a workforce strategy to connect Illinois workers to a career, not a job.

Finally, Whitney Thompson with the Illinois Community College Board and Patrick Campbell with DCEO announced funding opportunities available to community colleges, businesses, and intermediaries.
The event was moderated by Pam Furlan, President of IWP, and organized by Kevin Pierce with LWIA 23 and Toriana Rhone with the Champaign County Regional Planning Commission.

National Apprenticeship Week is a nationwide opportunity for companies, trade and industry groups, nonprofit organizations, unions, labor-management organizations, and educational institutions to highlight how apprenticeships prepare Illinois workers for the jobs of today and the future. Events and activities include: apprenticeship program open houses, community forums, industry roundtable events, and more.

[PHOTO: Michael Barth, (thyssenkrupp Presta), Ronda Kliman (US Department of Labor), Kevin Pierce, (Local Workforce Area 23), Toriana Rhone (Champaign County Regional Planning Commission), Pam Furlan (Illinois Workforce Partnership) and , Julio Rodriguez  (Illinois Department of Commerce).]

Event Materials

  • ​Meeting Agenda (PDF)
  • Apprenticeship One-Page Flyer (PDF)
  • Apprenticeships in Illinois - Funding Opportunities Presentation (PDF)
  • Apprenticeship: A Workforce Strategy to Career Pathways Presentation (PDF)
  • Apprenticeships in Business - Harold Washington College (PDF)
  • Building Better Apprenticeships for the Next Generation Presentation (PDF)
  • Expanding Apprenticeship in America: Office of Apprenticeship Presentation (PDF)
  • ICCB's Vision for Apprenticeships and Funding Opportunities Presentation (PDF)
  • thyssenkrupp Youth Apprenticeship Program Presentation (PDF)


  • The Benefits and Costs of Apprenticeship: A Business Perspective (PDF)
  • Making Youth Apprenticeships Work for Illinois’ Young Adults Summary (PDF)
  • Making Youth Apprenticeships Work for Illinois’ Young Adults (PDF)

Apprenticeship Week

​November 13-19, 2017: National Apprenticeship Week (NAW) is a National Celebration that offers business, labor, education, and other critical partners a chance to show their support for Apprenticeship. It also gives apprenticeship sponsors the opportunity to showcase their programs, facilities, and apprentices in their community. This highlights the benefits of Apprenticeship in preparing a highly-skilled workforce to meet the talent needs of employers across diverse industries.