Hultgren Addresses Skills Gap during McHenry County Workforce Development Week
Washington, DC – During this week’s Congressional District Work Period, U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) traveled across McHenry County to meet with constituents and businesses, discuss economic issues with local manufacturers, and highlight the resources available to job seekers in the 14th District.
“Illinois is undergoing a manufacturing renaissance, but many job seekers find their skills and knowledge aren’t matching up with the jobs available right now. But there are resources available for the long-term unemployed and recent graduates,” said Rep. Hultgren. “This District Work Period, I was impressed by the Manufacturers and Skills Fair put on by McHenry County’s Workforce Network. It allowed job seekers a chance to demonstrate their skills to potential employers instead of simply dropping off a resume. Later, I was able to see our 14th District skilled workforce in action at Claussen Pickle Plant (Kraft Foods), Brake Parts Inc. manufacturer and supplier, and Chas. Herdrich & Son beverage distributor. I enjoy celebrating the great accomplishments of our local businesses and manufacturers who provide much-needed jobs and help grow our economy in Illinois. Hearing from them helps me better represent them, their employees and their communities in Washington.
“Additionally, I was pleased to see the great work the Pioneer Center for Human Services is doing in McHenry, opening a new headquarters and Community Mental Health Service Facility. Mental health is a growing concern for families and individuals across the country. As the heroin and opiate abuse epidemic continues to plague northern Illinois, we cannot overestimate the importance of having adequate beds and treatment services available for those in need.”
(Rep. Hultgren discusses skills gap with Jeffery Poynter and Julie Courtney of the McHenry County Workforce Network in Woodstock as part of National Workforce Development Week)
(Rep. Hultgren visits the Worker Skills Assessment Station at the Workforce Manufacturers and Skills Fair in Woodstock)
(Rep. Hultgren tours the Claussen Pickle Plant in Woodstock with Kraft Foods employees and Woodstock City officials)
(Rep. Hultgren with Ted Stilling of Chas. Herdrich & Son Distributors which has supplied beverages to the McHenry County community since 1939)
(Rep. Hultgren attends an Executive Briefing at Pioneer Center for Human Services in McHenry with Doug Martin, City of McHenry, State Representative Mike Tryon, Mark Salidan, Councilman of City of Woodstock, and Sue Krause and Patrick Maynard of the Pioneer Center)