Training, connecting and developing the workforce of Central Illinois.

Serving residents and employers through the Illinois workNet Center of Peoria and satellite offices in Fulton, Marshall, Mason, McLean, Stark, Tazewell and Woodford counties.

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Mason County Employer Services

Local Employer Assistance Partnership (LEAP)

Serving Mason County

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Career Link

A non-profit organization that administers the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, a federal job training program.  Career Link provides no cost services to employers.

  • Apprenticeships Assistance – reimburses 50% of DoL Registered Apprentice’s wages up to 3,500 hours or $25,000.
  • Career Transition – provides Outplacement Service workshops for laid off workers, including presentations by Career Link, IDES, ICC, Illinois Office of Consumer Health Insurance and Navicore Solutions. 
  • Incumbent Worker Training – reimburses employers 100% costs of training when employees require training to retain employment.  There is a 50% employer match, usually in the form of employees’ wages during training.
  • Job Postings – your job ads will be posted in our eight Career Resource Centers and emailed to over 150 local contacts at community-based organizations.
  • On-the-Job Training – reimburses employers 50-75% of an eligible new hire’s wages during training.  Contract must be in place before the individual is hired.

Career Link serves businesses in Fulton, Marshall, Mason, McLean, Peoria, Tazewell, Stark and Woodford counties.  For more information, contact Norm Griffin, Business Service Representative, at 309-321-0255 or


City of Havana Economic Development

Havana’s Economic Development staff coordinates resources to retain existing businesses, to help businesses expand and to attract new businesses to our region. 

The City of Havana Economic Development serves businesses in Havana, Illinois.  For more information, contact Ron Hills, Economic Development Coordinator, at 309-543-2492, ext. 6 or


Greater Peoria Economic Development Council

GPEDC is a regional economic development organization that coordinates resources to retain existing businesses, to help businesses expand and to attract new businesses to our region. 

The Greater Peoria EDC provides a variety of support services to local employers including facilitating meetings with other businesses, workforce development partners, and federal, state and local leaders, assisting with foreign trade zone projects, connecting companies to critical financing and business incentive programs, supporting research and data needs, sharing building and site information, and helping with workforce planning.

GPEDC serves businesses in Logan, Mason, Peoria, Tazewell and Woodford counties.  For more information, contact Kate Cundiff, Director of Workforce Solutions, at 309-495-5959 or  


Illinois Department of Employment Security

The Illinois Department of Employment Security encourages economic growth and stability in Illinois by providing Employment Services to Illinois residents and employers, analyzing and disseminating essential Labor Market Information and administering Unemployment Insurance programs.

  •  – Allows business owners access to thousands of resumes.  Business owners can use keyword matching and the filter process technology to search resumes and find the best candidate.
  • Onsite Recruitment Events – We can tailor a local hiring event to the needs of the employer by sourcing our database of over 1 million subscribers and sending an email blast to those with the skills the employer is recruiting.   
  • Work Opportunity Tax Credit – IDES administers the federal Work Opportunity Tax Credit program.  We routinely educate employers on the benefits of this savings program and the ease of the online filing process.
  • Illinois Labor Market Information – provides employers with employment statistics, job forecasts, wages and demographic characteristics.  IDES collects, analyzes and disseminates this information in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and Employment and Training Administration (ETA).  

For more information, contact Thom Pennell, Business Service Coordinator, at 309-671-3246 or


Illinois Department of Human Services, Division of Rehabilitation Services (DRS)

The primary mission of the DRS’ Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) program is to successfully assist individuals with disabilities to prepare for, gain and retain successful employment.

  • Access to Talented Labor Force – DRS offers a trained talent pool for your business to consider when hiring.
  • Career Transition – if a company find themselves in a situation that requires layoffs, DRS can help your impacted employees who have disabilities re-tool.
  • Rehabilitation Technology Service – should a current employee develop a disability, DRS can help you adapt to keep a valued and trained employee.

For more information, contact Lizette Tripur, Public Service Administrator, at 309-371-8729 or

Spoon River College

The Spoon River College impacts its communities through offerings, partnerships, projects, new opportunities and leadership.

  • Career Services – SRC offers a job & internship database where job openings are posted free at SRC organizes annual job fairs with accompanying workshops on resume writing and interview skills.
  • Customized Training – Customized training for your business on computer programs, customer service, Social Media, and many other topics at your location or ours. Training options include specialized curriculum, flexible class schedules, and options for web-based training programs through Ed2Go at
  • Pre-employment eligibility services – SRC conducts KeyTrain training for local job applicants and WorkKeys testing for local employers. Department of Labor manual dexterity testing is also available. These services are offered at no charge.
  • Professional Development and Licensure – Many professions require continuing education or certification, and we’re here to help with topics such as Food Service Certification, CPDUs for teachers, Real Estate Continuing Education, Pharmacy Technician training, EMR-Paramedic training, and more!
  • Career & Technical Programs – Including computer tech certificates, Associates degrees, welding, allied health, nursing, etc.

For more information, contact Stephanie Howerter, Director, at 309-543-4413 or