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 HEDC - Search Listings Online 24/7!

The HEDC website has a searchable Land and Sites feature. See it HERE. The interactive site features information on the new Harvard-Woodstock Enterprise ZoneArrowhead Industrial Park Phase III (including a site plan), the Foreign Trade Zone and other incentives including Harvard's dual TIF District and façade fund. The site is also accessible throughwww.illinoisenterprisezone.com.



Harvard Economic Development Corporation's  Land & Sites Database is a searchable database of Harvard's best Commercial, Industrial and Vacant/Site opportunities. No registration required

Direct Gateway to Sites HERE

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Check it out- Administrative Asst. Essentials is BACK

Back by popular demand…


Instructor-led - Online Course

Check out the instructor and learn more about this course!



As a seasoned administrative assistant, are you looking for ways to revitalize your work and finda fresh perspective on all that has to be done? Are you new to the field looking for practical waysto start at the top of your game? This program will provide you the fundamental tools required foryou to be successful.

The program is an instructor-led online course to help Administrative Assistants deliver results inthe real world. You will participate in highly interactive, live online sessions with your instructorand peers once a week for two hours.

Meeting online, you minimize your time away from the office but still gain the benefits of classdiscussion, group participation, and instructor interaction.

Outside of the weekly sessions, there will be a variety of ways to communicate with the instructorand the group to reinforce concepts.

The program is an instructor-led online course taught by Andy Kaufman, a certified trainer, author and executive coach. He has worked with administrative assistants around the world to help them be more effective in their roles and deliver results in the real world.

Course objectives/outcomes:

  • Communicationsskills, including listening, questioning and being more assertive.
  • Effectivenessin recognizing and managing conflict, as well as dealing with difficult people.
  • Influencing others even when you don’t have authority over them.

Fridays (AND ONE THURSDAY!), March 23, 29, April 6, 13, 20    1:30-3:30 p.m.

$299 per person       Course ID# NTL C29 001


For more information: 

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Registration form:  www.shahcenter.mchenry.edu/register


Register online:  www.mchenry.edu/mymcc


More courses at Shah Center: www.shahcenter.mchenry.edu/catalyst/catalyst.pdf  


McHenry County College Shah Center

4100 W. Shamrock Lane, McHenry, IL 

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McHenry County College to Host Networking Events for Business, Healthcare and Fitness Careers

McHenry County College to Host Networking Events 

The McHenry County College Career Services Office is hosting two separate Career Networking events featuring employers representing a variety of fields, including business, accounting, healthcare and fitness.

The Business Networking event takes place from 1-3 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 28 in Room B166-167 at MCC. This event focuses on careers in accounting, administrative office management, business, management, marketing, computer information systems and digital media. Students and community members will have the opportunity to meet with employers who will discuss their company and provide information on employment opportunities. A preliminary list of participating employers include: PolyOne Corporation, Rita Corporation, Sherwin-Williams Paint Stores, Snap-on Tools and Working World Staffing Services. Event is co-sponsored by three MCC student clubs: Black Student Union, Business Club and Latinos Unidos.

The Healthcare and Fitness Networking event takes place from 1-3 p.m. on Thursday, March 1 in Room 166-167. This event focuses on careers in health & information technology, nursing, nursing assistant education, occupational therapy assistant, physical therapy assistant, health & fitness education, emergency medical training (EMS) career areas. A preliminary list of participating employers include: Advocate Health Care, Caravel Autism Health, Centegra Health System, Elite Care Management, Hearthstone Communities, Mobile Therapy Centers of America and Sunrise Senior Living.

Students and community members will have the opportunity to meet with employers who will provide information about their companies and employment opportunities. Employers will have the opportunity to meet with students to discuss their company and provide information on employment opportunities. Co-sponsored by the MCC Student Nurses Association and the MCC Student Occupational Therapy Club.

To help individuals prepare for these networking events, the MCC Career Service Office is also offering a series of resume development and networking workshops:

Resume Development Workshops: from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 6, in Room A125 and from 1:30-2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 7 in Room A106. Receive tips and techniques on resume writing or learn how to revise and reformat an existing resume.

How to Network! Workshops: from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Monday, Feb. 191-2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 202-3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 21 and 2-3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27, all take place in the Student Life Office, Room A252. Learn how to prepare for a networking event, how to develop a networking strategy, how to prepare your introduction/elevator speech and other key steps to make a successful impression.

The workshops resume workshops are free and open to the public. For a complete schedule of workshops, visit www.mchenry.edu/careerservices. For more information, call Daniel Ortego at (815) 455-8576 or email him atThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

For information, contact:

Donna Bieschke, marketing communications specialist

Office of Marketing and Public Relations

McHenry County College

(815) 455-8728 email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Work Based Learning - Save the Date

An Employer Workshop Event Coming Soon!

February 27th from 8:00 - 9:30 am at the Shah Center. Save the Date!


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Start@Shah Breakfast Series- Oct. 27

Join us for a casual and informative breakfast to gather valuable knowledge and build sound business relationships.

Start@Shah is Back!


Building a Civilized Workplace

  How much is Negativity Costing You and Your Company?

In his bestselling book, The No A**hole Rule: Building a Civilized Workplace, Stanford University Professor, Robert Stratton opens a daring dialogue on a topic nearly everyone has encountered in the workplace. Who hasn’t dealt with bullies, creeps or jerks who make life miserable at work? Who hasn’t encountered someone who is rude, mean-spirited, egotistical and tries to destroy you at work? This ongoing problem destroys morale, lowers productivity and ruins an organization’s culture.

Join us for this interactive session as we share Stratton’s experiences in researching and documenting a few well-known organizations who have found a way to mete out and eliminate the a**holes. 

Fee: $35 (includes breakfast)

Friday October 27

8-10 a.m.

Course Code: NTL S90 001


What’s next? HR 101: What Managers Need to Know

Friday, Dec. 1


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Registration form:  www.shahcenter.mchenry.edu/register

Register online:  www.mchenry.edu/mymcc

More courses at Shah Center: www.shahcenter.mchenry.edu/catalyst/catalyst.pdf  


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Co-working @ the Café set to open Aug. 7th in Woodstock

Help us spread the word throughout McHenry County about

Co-Working @ the Café!

Opens Monday, August 7th

With a Grand Opening Connection Reception at 4 p.m.


Dogs.  Kids.  Dirty Dishes.  Noisy Neighbors.  Those who work at home—creatives, freelancers, telecommuters, entrepreneurs and small business professionals—know how distracted, and isolated, they can sometimes feel.  A new style of work, using shared space and equipment, is being introduced in Woodstock, through a concept increasingly popular in the Chicagoland region, known as Co-Working.  Offered at no-charge to users, the City-sponsored economic development project will begin operating on the Woodstock Square at Stage Left Café, 125 W. Van Buren Street, on Monday, August 7th, from 10am – 4pm,  with an end-of-day Grand Opening Connection Reception for the public at 4pm. The program continues every Monday, providing a clean, quiet work environment with hi-speed wi-fi, printing/copying, and networking and social opportunities.

The project was suggested by Old Courthouse & Sheriff’s House Advisory Commission Chair Dennis Sandquist, during the City’s first On the Table community conversation in May.  It was made possible through a competitive program grant award of $2,500 offered by Chicago Community Trust.  Woodstock’s Co-Working @ the Café video submission, donated by freelance videographer Katie Willcockson, was one of 43 top level awards out of nearly 300 video entries. Anyone interested is invited to join the Woodstock Co-Working Community Facebook Group, managed by Old Courthouse Advisory Commissioner Wendy Piersall.  The Commission is exploring future potential to attract a membership-based co-working center to the  City-owned Old Courthouse facility currently undergoing extensive restoration.

We hope to see all of our McHenry County Economic Development Partners at the reception!

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Healthcare Career Expo and Hiring Event - May 16th

From the McHenry County Workforce Network:  Information abou the upcoming Healthcare Career Expo & Hiring Event - Tuesday May 16th. Presentation begins promptly at 5pm. 

Date: Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Time: 5:00 pm
Location: McHenry County College Shah Center
4100 Shamrock Lane, McHenry, IL 60050 

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Healthcare and Career Expo

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Midwest SME Forum on April 11, 2017

Join GACC Midwest's networking event on April 11 at Harper College in Palatine, IL and learn from executives from mhub, BMW Technologies, Ipsen, Winzeler Gear and more about

• Universities & Startups: Driving Innovation Through Partnerships
• Forget Foosball Tables: Effective Ways to Recruit and Retain (Young) Talent
• Business Success on a Budget: International Marketing Strategies
• Successful Growth: Opportunities and Challenges of M&A

With almost 1,400 German businesses operating in the Midwest, the region represents an attractive business location, particular for transatlantic trade. Meet our network and prepare your SME for the future. Sign up here: http://bit.ly/2mIYFia


GACC Midwest SME Forum

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Workforce Training Available at MCC Shah Catalyst - April-June 2017

The April-June 2017 CATALYST is available!

Schedule your workforce training NOW!

While you wait for it to hit your mailboxesyou can access it on our website


Online registration available for non-credit courses at:


For more information:  815-455-8593   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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ComEd 2016 Best in Class Reliability Performance Press Release

ComEd Achieves Industry Leading Reliability Results

ComEd’s improved reliability helps drive economic growth and achieve record customer satisfaction


CHICAGO (February 2, 2017) For the last five years, ComEd has updated and modernized its electrical grid to improve the reliability of its service to customers. The work has resulted in record setting performance that is also helping to power economic development and customer satisfaction.

In 2016, ComEd customers experienced a15 percent reduction in the frequency of outages compared to 2015. This was best among all utilities according to Electric Benchmarking. Since investments began in 2012, frequency of outages has been reduced by nearly 34 percent and the duration of outages has been reduced by 48 percent. Additionally ComEd’s customer’s satisfaction ratings are at an all-time high. Market Strategies International, a top market research firm, named ComEd Most Improved Electric Utility of 2016.

“Improving the reliability of our system for our customers has always been the fundamental goal of our smart grid work,” said Anne Pramaggiore, president and CEO of ComEd. “Constant, ongoing review of our system allowed us to strategically invest in areas that would benefit the greatest number of customers. Our record setting performance is the result of that work and demonstrates the commitment of our employees to provide our customers with best in class service.”

Advanced technology like smart switches that reroute power around potential problem areas, new storm hardening solutions and cable replacement have contributed to more than 7.6 million avoided customer interruptions since 2012 – resulting in $1.4 billion in societal savings. Additionally, more than 3 million ComEd customers experienced zero or only 1 outage last year.

“The smart grid investment has vastly improved the infrastructure of our system,” said Terence R. Donnelly, executive vice-president and chief operating officer for ComEd. “On a daily basis and during storms, our customers are seeing less interruption in their lives and their business operations.”

Strong power reliability and Illinois’ low power prices are key attributes why businesses continue to commit to building facilities in our northern Illinois service territory. This is evidenced in the collective 2016 results of ComEd’s economic development allies which supported the announcement of 39,234 jobs, 59 million square feet in facilities, and $6.7 billion in capital investment.

“ComEd’s continued infrastructure investment aimed at modernizing and bringing innovative digital equipment to the grid is an important component to Illinois’ economic growth efforts,” said Jim Schultz, CEO of Intersect Illinois, a privately funded economic development organization. “We are pleased to see utility industry record setting reliability performance which provides businesses the assurance that Illinois is the right place for their continued growth and investment.”


Commonwealth Edison Company (ComEd) is a unit of Chicago-based Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC), the nation’s leading competitive energy provider, with approximately 7.8 million customers. ComEd provides service to over 3.9 million customers across northern Illinois, or 70 percent of the state’s population. For more information visit ComEd.com, and connect with the company on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.


Contact: ComEd Media Relations



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Novation Industries Receives ISO/TS16949 Certification

MCEDC is pleased to share this release from Novation Industries, one of our valued Investor/members.



TS 16949 Press Release Final
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Fabrik Industries Expansion

wagnerFabrik Industries, a 35 year old McHenry County company, has completed its expansion in the City of McHenry with the purchase of a second facility at Miller Parkway and is now operational.   On January 19, it hosted a celebration and tour of the new facility for representatives from the State of Illinois, City of McHenry, McHenry County Board, McHenry County Economic Development Corporation, McHenry School District 156, McHenry Fire Department, McHenry County College and those businesses who helped in the facilities transformation. 

Keith Wagner, President of Fabrik Industries stated “We are excited about the opportunities in manufacturing locally.  The community’s involvement in our growth has been humbling.  The company took 2016 to breathe new life into a vacant building updating and installing new lighting and paint, investing in new molding machines and training of new employees to meet the increased manufacturing demand.”

In 2015, Fabrik’s leadership identified the need to expand operations based on continued increase in their manufacturing business.   The company analyzed expansion opportunities both outside of Illinois and in Illinois specifically the City of McHenry.  As the company began researching expansion opportunities, the collaboration between the State of Illinois, the City of McHenry, the County of McHenry and the McHenry County Economic Development Corporation and other partners proved to make the difference in their decision process. 

President of McHenry County Economic Development Corporation, Pam Cumpata, commented “one of the pillars of economic development is retention because 80% of net new job growth comes from existing businesses.  The expansion of Fabrik Industries is an excellent example of why MCEDC works closely with our primary businesses, our county and municipal partners with the shared goal of retaining our business base.”  Pam stated “Mayor Low and the City of McHenry staff, specifically Doug Martin, Director of Economic Development, worked hand in hand with Fabrik and the MCEDC to make this expansion possible recognizing the significant economic impact it will have on the City of McHenry and the County. ”

“The amazing work the people at Fabrik Molded Plastics are doing every day is a perfect example of what we can achieve here in McHenry County, and we should be doing everything we can to help them grow,” McHenry County Board Chairman Jack D. Franks said. “Reducing the property tax burden employers’ bear and creating conditions that will make more job creators to want to set up shop here must be our primary focus as a board.”

A 3rd generation company full service custom injection molding manufacturer of thermoplastics, Fabrik is recognized globally with its components used in automotive lighting and switches as well as in medical, consumer, and electronic goods.   Recognizing the rapid pace that innovation and automation is occurring in manufacturing, Fabrik developed an internship program for high school and college students to ensure a workforce for the future.  They also participate in the Youth Manufacturing Program through the McHenry County Workforce Network. The goal of which is to expose individuals between the age of 18 to 24 to manufacturing through 6 week internships that could result in full employment.  One of the exceptional aspects of their program was that they rotate these individuals through their entire company so that when the student is offered a job, he or she understood expectations for full time employment.  In addition, this company has worked closely with McHenry County High Schools in the development of their industrial arts programs even providing assistance in development of curriculum.  

In a statement for the City of McHenry Mayor Sue Low, “The city of McHenry is honored that Fabrik chose to remain our corporate partner and expand their company in McHenry.  Fabrik not only provides employment opportunities for our residents, but also educational opportunities for students interested in manufacturing. They are a valuable community asset.”  

Among the many business leaders in attendance, McHenry County Board Member, District 4, and President of the McHenry Chamber of Commerce, Kay R. Bates said “Fabrik Molded Plastics is a recognized leader around the world in molded plastics, a field that demands constant innovation and highly skilled employees. We really appreciate Keith Wagner and the Fabrik team welcoming us to learn about the challenges they face and how we can help them continue to thrive in the highly competitive global business environment.”

At the celebration, Pam Cumpata stated “The success of Fabrik Industries brought about through their own dedicated leadership, employee hard work, and the successful and unpresented collaboration of many partners is a true example that ‘economic development’ is a team sport.”   

For more information, contact Pam Cumpata, President, McHenry County Economic Development Corporation

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36 Teams to Participate in Robotics Competition



The McHenry County Economic Development Foundation is pleased to be a sponsor of this STEM (Science Technology Engineering & Math) event. Engaging with the workforce of the future is important to our economy and we hope you will stop by this exciting event.

The third annual FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) Northern Illinois League Qualifier will be held at McHenry County College in Crystal Lake, Illinois, on February 11, 2016.

Details for the Northern Illinois League Qualifier:
Date: Saturday, February 11, 2017
Time: 10:00am -5:00pm

Place: McHenry County College 8900 US-14 Crystal Lake, Illinois
Admission: Free


2017 NILC Press Release
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For more information about volunteering or sponsoring the event, go to http://clrobotics.org/nilqualifier.html

For more information about FTC or other programs offered by FIRST, go to http://www.firstinspires.org/.

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McHenry County Newsletter - January 2017


McHenry County, Illinois - Thursday, January 12, 2017


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2017 Workforce Training-New Topics & More


Schedule your workforce training NOW! 

What’s new in 2017?...

üBecome a Scrum Master

üTrain the Trainer Workshop

üManaging Generations in the Workplace

üOSHA Update Seminar

üLinkedIn for Sales & Networking

Back by popular demand…

üSocial Media Bootcamp

üProject Management Professional Series

üSupervisor Leadership Series

üBlue Print Reading

üAccounting Basics for the Non-Accountant

Check out these courses and more in the latest schedule…


Online registration available for non-credit courses at:


For more information:  815-455-8593   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Congratulations to Matrix IV on their 40th Anniversary!


40th Anniversary Celebration

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McHenry County Chairman's Introduction

Newsletter from McHenry County, Illinois


Issue: Chairman's Introduction

Greetings from the Chairman

Greetings McHenry County Residents:

It is a great honor to serve as your first directly elected County Board Chairman. I congratulate all of the McHenry County newly elected constitutional officers and County Board members. I am excited to work with the County Board to accomplish our shared goals of good governance, a vibrant economy, and lower property taxes. Together, this Board will make McHenry County the most efficient, transparent, and effective County in the Nation. 


We are fortunate to enjoy a tremendous standard of living in McHenry County. Residents have access to quality health care, highly ranked schools, productive farmland, and proximity to urban areas to allow our businesses to grow. We have the assets, capacity and the people to further prosper. 


However, high property taxes are becoming increasingly burdensome for our residents. On a per capita basis, McHenry County residents pay higher property taxes than 99.9% of Americans. In fact, many residents pay higher property taxes than their mortgage. The cost of living in McHenry County is becoming unaffordable.


To lower the property tax burden, the first step is for McHenry County to retain and recruit businesses that provide good-paying, stable jobs. Investment in roads is vital to support job growth and economic development. I will provide the leadership to bring back McHenry County's infrastructure dollars and effectively leverage resources to diversify our tax base.


The second step is to reduce operational inefficiencies that increase the cost of government. The County will incorporate zero-based budgeting, which will require the justification of every line-item in the budget. All items of the budget will be scrutinized and costly redundancies will be eliminated. My goal is to cut our tax levy by at least 10%.


The County Board will create a new multi-year strategic plan to identify action steps to achieve our shared goals. This plan will include input and suggestions from County staff, Board members and residents to address the issues that matter to you and all McHenry County residents.


I am confident that the new County Board will work collaboratively to solve challenges facing our County. I believe a solutions-oriented and outcomes-focused County Board will have a meaningful impact on peoples lives. Under my leadership, the County will provide efficient and outstanding services while reducing the tax burden. 




Jack Franks

McHenry County 

Highlights from Swearing-in Ceremony for County Board Members and Chairman

Chairman Jack Franks sworn in by his father Herb

Vice Chairman Jeff Thorsen sworn in by Chief Judge Sullivan

Elected County Board members sworn in by Chief Judge Sullivan

For additional comments or questions, please contact:

Peter Austin

County Administrator
McHenry County Government Center 
2200 North Seminary Ave. 
Woodstock IL 60098 (815) 334-4000


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Workforce Training Available at MCC Shah Catalyst - Jan-March 2017

The January-March 2017 CATALYST is Out!

Schedule your workforce training NOW!

While you wait for it to hit your mailboxesyou can access it on our website


Online registration available for non-credit courses at:


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McHenry County December 2016 Newsletter

Newsletter from McHenry County, Illinois


December 2016 Issue


Greetings from the Chairman

Greetings McHenry County Resident:

For the past two years, it has been a great pleasure to serve as McHenry County Board Chairman. I am proud of what the Board has accomplished during my tenure as Chairman. The County has continued to reduce the number of County positions while providing quality services to residents. Infrastructure projects have been completed and plans for future projects are in motion. The County has improved incentives for local businesses and industry to support jobs and economic growth. The County remains in strong fiscal health and the envy of county governments around the State. I sincerely appreciate the hard work and dedication of the Count Board and County government staff to serving you and all residents of McHenry County. 

New County Board members will be sworn in on Monday, December 5th. As a County Board member, I look forward to working with the incoming County Board and Elected County Board Chairman to continue to reduce the property tax burden and improve services for residents. 

Wishing you a Happy Holidays!


Joe Gottemoller
McHenry County 


Recognition for outgoing County Board members

At the November 15th meeting, outgoing McHenry County Board members were recognized for their distinguished service to the County. Plaques were presented to Bob Martens (District 4), Diane Evertsen (District 6), Sue Draffkorn (District 4), Tina Hill (District 5), Carolyn Schofield (District 2), and Anna May Miller (District 1 - not pictured).   

County Board members spoke of their appreciation for their contributions and leadership moving the County forward. Outgoing Board members have demonstrated a strong sense of civic duty by committing countless hours of their time for the betterment of residents. Their experience and wisdom will be greatly missed.

The County thanks outgoing County Board members for all of their service and wishes them the best in their future endeavors! 


Carolyn Schofield will join CMAP Panel on Regional Urbanization

Carolyn Schofield, outgoing McHenry County Board member and former Crystal Lake City Council member, will be a featured speaker for the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) panel discussion "Development at the Edge: The Future of Regional Urbanization". The panel discussion will be on Tuesday, December 6th from 4-5:30 p.m. at Two Brothers Roundhouse, 205 N Broadway, Aurora, IL 60505. 

The panel discussion is free and open to the public but advanced registration is required and can be completed here

The McHenry County Mental Health Board Hosts Adult Mental Health First Aid to Train Instructors

The McHenry County Mental Health Board and the National Council for Behavioral Health is pleased to announce an exciting opportunity for individuals to become a Certified Mental Health First Aid Instructor. 

Just as CPR trains people to assist an individual having a heart attack, becoming a Certified Mental Health First Aid Instructor prepares participants to interact with a person developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis.

The National Council for Behavioral Health will deliver an Adult Mental Health First Aid Instructor Certification Training from April 3rd - 7th, 2017, at the Mental Health Board in Crystal Lake. The deadline to submit application is December 31, 2016.

One in five Americans experiences a mental illness each year, but many are reluctant to seek help or simply don't know where to turn for care.

Who should apply to become an instructor?
A Mental Health First Aid Instructor is required to serve as a presenter, a facilitator, and most importantly an ambassador of the Mental Health First Aid USA program. It is required that an instructor candidate:

* Has general knowledge of mental health and substance use issues
* Has experience teaching groups of adults
* Understands best practices in adult learning
* Has experience facilitating groups

For more information or to submit the Instructor Certification Training Application, please visit www.mc708.org or contact Denise Bowman at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Deadline to submit application is December 31, 2016.  


McHenry County Workforce Network and WIB on Huntley Community Radio!

In the most recent radio show of McHenry County Government, Workforce Network Director Julie Courtney and Workforce Investment Board (WIB) Director Jeffrey Poynter share opportunities to develop "talent pipelines" for businesses to grow and thrive in McHenry County. The McHenry County Workforce Network connects local businesses with training grants to offset the costs of employee training to upgrade the skills of employees, including operating advanced equipment. A variety of no-cost services and workshops are also available to Veterans, youth and job seekers.

 You can access the show here.

Upcoming Career Workshops and Services

Illinois Job Link Workshop from 11am-12pm

IllinoisJobLink.com is an Internet-based job search tool that features current job openings. IllinoisJobLink.com searches for open jobs by job category. Both statewide and nationwide job banks are included. Learn how to create a new registration, or if you already have an existing IJL registration learn some tips to help increase your matches. 
Thursday, December 8 - Spanish Class 
Thursday, December 15 - English Class 
Thursday, December 22 - English Class 

Seating is limited. You must reserve your space by calling (815) 338-7100 ext. 2771 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Skype Mock Interviews - 2nd and 4th Wednesday5:30-6:30pm
A skype interview has become more popular in today's technological age. This interview is designed to be a webcam based interview in which the interviewee uses their personal computer webcam to view the interviewer. The interview is then conducted over the webcam to make for a more personable conversation than a phone interview. Requires access to a computer with a webcam and Skype available To Sign up, contract the professional directly by email Jim Hurley -This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Career Planning Workshop: Tuesday, December, 13 1-3:30pm

Effective career planning provides "direction" for your future and helps with deciding on what to do next. Learn about reliable online resources such as Illinois workNet to find occupations related to your skills, interests and values.

Power Networking: Wednesday, December, 14 1-4pm
Power network with participating Job Club members! This job club session involves sharing job search techniques and opportunities. Let's POWER network with as many fellow members as possible. Who knows, you may get that great lead or contact that will help you land the position you have been seeking! Come prepared to share your "target" companies and expertise in your past and / or future occupation and industry.

What can we do to Help?: Thursday, December 1510-11am

Are you a job seeker? Need to enhance your skills? Want to explore a new Career? Apply for potential training ONLINE at: www.mchenrycountyworkforce.com or Pick up an application in our Resource Room.

Reentry (Ex-Offender) Workshop: Monday, December 191-3:30pm

Do you know how to highlight your skills and write a resume? Conduct a successful job search? Get training for high growth jobs? Find answers, plus get a resume review. For more information, or to sign up visit our Resource Room, call (815) 338-7100 x2798 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

For additional services this month, please check out the Workforce Network's December 2016 Workshop and Seminar Brochure here: https://www.co.mchenry.il.us/home/showdocument?id=68547

*** All workshops and events will be hosted at the McHenry County Workforce Center at 500 Russel Court, Woodstock, IL ***

 McHenry County Department of Health Updates



Three low cost MCAC rabies vaccination and microchip events offered Appointments needed for clinics scheduled in December and January

Your pet has a better chance of being reunited with your family if it has a microchip for quick identification and a current rabies vaccination/registration record.  McHenry County Animal Control & Adoption Center (MCAC) will host three low cost rabies vaccination and microchip clinics for McHenry County Residents in December 2016 and January 2017, at its Crystal Lake facility, 100 N Virginia Street (intersection of Woodstock Street and Route 14).  All pets must be leashed or in carriers. Please do not bring animals that are in heat. Appointments are necessary and can be made by calling MCAC at 815-459-6222. Clinics are scheduled for the following dates and times:

Wednesday, December 14th from 3:30PM-5:30PM

Thursday, December 15th from 1:00PM-4:00PM

Wednesday, January 25th 2017 3:00PM-5:00PM

Rabies vaccinations are $10 for one year or $25 for three years.  Registration tags are required by law; registration fees are separate and required at time of rabies vaccination. Discounts for senior residents apply and for pets who have been previously spayed or neutered. Microchips are $15.

There is no cure for rabies, and it is almost always fatal. Rabies vaccinations provide your pet with the best protection against this disease.  Unlike dog tags and collars which can fall off or be removed, microchips are a more permanent form of pet identification.  Animal microchips are about the size of a grain of rice and are typically implanted just beneath the surface of the skin between the shoulder blades. The process is similar to receiving vaccination through a needle.

Adoptions ($80) will also be available.  All adoptions include age-appropriate vaccinations, spay/neuter, FELV & FIV testing, microchip, heartworm and free 1st Veterinarian visit at participating veterinarians.  To view available pets, visit http://www.petfinder.com/


County Board Appointments

Current Open Appointments: 

* McHenry County Senior Services Grant Commission (2 open positions)

* McHenry County Board of Health

* Valley Hi Cemetery Board

* McHenry County Mental Health Board (2 open positions)

Please visit the County Board Appointments webpage for information about available appointment positions: https://www.co.mchenry.il.us/county-government/departments-a-i/county-board/county-board-appointments

For additional comments or questions, please contact:

Peter Austin

County Administrator
McHenry County Government Center 
2200 North Seminary Ave. 
Woodstock IL 60098(815) 334-4000




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