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Madison County Employment & Training and St. Clair County Intergovernmental Grants Department Workforce
Development Group will be bringing together businesses, returning citizens network agencies, educators, and
workforce development entities to present best practices and benefits of hiring individuals coming out of
incarceration. We will discuss various incentives for employers who hire individuals who are returning citizens
and the Department of Justice training that they receive prior to release such as apprenticeships, internships, pre
apprenticeships, and workbased learning and how to establish a talent pipeline for businesses.

This will be a hybrid event you can attend in person or via zoom. Meeting Information: Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 885 5818 8980 CallIn #: +13126266799
Eventbrite Registration Page:
Questions? Please contact Bonnie Forker at bonita.forker@co.stclair.il.us

Agenda includes:
9:15 am to 10:00 am

Presenter: Lisa Cohn, Program Manager of Saint Louis University’s Transformative Workforce Academy (TWA)

TOPIC: Just Talent: Leveraging Second Chance Employment for a Successful Workforce Development Strategy

10:00 am to 10:30 am

Presenter: Freddie Buckingham, IDES Southern Regional Business Services Manager

TOPIC: Overview of Federal Bonding program and WOTC opportunities for employers
10:45 am to 11:45 am

Panel Discussion

Tom Grant, Senior Vice President, Director of the Concordance Employment Agency

Jackie Huebbe, Owner, SugarBot Sweet Shop

Ashton Russell, Branch Manager, AOS Staffing

Jennifer Parrack, ReEntry Administrator, Illinois Department of Corrections

Dan Connelly, President, Stellar Manufacturing

Sandra Frolick, Human Resources Manager, Stellar Manufacturing