MENDOTA – The Local Workforce Development awards banquet was Oct. 2, at Mendota Civic Center. The annual event is sponsored by the North Central Illinois Works and the Chief Elected Officials for Local Workforce Investment Area 12, LaSalle, Bureau, Putnam and Lee counties.
Awards were presented to staff and volunteers in recognition of their accomplishments and contributions to the workforce development system.
Karen Newman of Tampico was one of eight who received an Individual Achievement Award.
Service Awards presented were::
n Illinois Valley Community College Dislocated Workers Center: 10 years – Monica Near and Sarah Partington.
n Chief Elected Officials: 5 years – Marc Wilt.
n North Central Illinois Works Board : 5 years – James Knauf and DeAnna Carlson; 10 years – Vicki Carlson, Deborah Madsen andThomas Pigati.
n Special Recognition: NCI Works Partner Award was given to associates of the Illinois Department of Employment Security who recently were honored with state and national awards. Those were presented by the American Legion for their outstanding and distinguished services and employment opportunities for unemployed and underemployed veterans and contributing to the economic programs of the American Legion.
NCI Works is a locally-appointed board that oversees workforce development programs funded by federal tax dollars for a four-county area.