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Workforce Academy

Meredith Sparks Ament

Associate Vice Chancellor

Workforce Academy:                           
The Workforce Academy seeks to anticipate, identify and address the ever-changing needs of employers and their employees by designing, developing and delivering quality training programs and consulting services, which result in improved work place performance for the participating individuals, organizations, and businesses.                                                    
The Workforce Academy brings workforce development training into the workplace, which helps Chicagoland businesses grow through employee development. The Academy provides companies with the solutions necessary for a successful future. We offer customized programs for incumbent and entry level workers outside of the traditional classroom experiences through innovative delivery systems and a hands-on approach.​ 
For this purpose, the Workforce Academy is structured as a partner to provide professional and technical training in the following areas:                                                        
  • Manufacturing Technology / Industrial Services (LEAN Manufacturing, OSHA Forklift Certification, Computerized Numerical Control Training, American Welding Society Certification)     
  • Healthcare (Spanish for Healthcare, Introduction to Spanish, Dynamics of Interpreting)  
  • Information Technology / Computer Applications (Cisco, Oracle, Microsoft Office, Sharepoint,​ Java, C++, C#, and other programming languages and applications) 
  • Management, Professional Development / Strategic Training (Team Building, Project Management, Supervision, Customer Service)  ​
  • Basic Skills / ESL for the Workplace (Literacy, Reading, Writing and Math)
​In an effort to be responsive to the training needs of local businesses, the Academy uses the following:                                                       
1. Needs Analysis                                                        
2. Program Design                                                     
3. Implementation                                                      
4. Post-Training Evaluation                                       

Faculty & Staff

Meredith Sparks Ament
Associate Vice Chancellor                                                                  
Workforce Development                                                               
Ileen Kelly                                                     
Director of Business Development                                                              
Jerome Gay                                                                
Assistant Business Manager             

Vera Rowan        
Training Operations Manager                                                                              

Contact Information

(312) 553 - 3242
(312) 553 - 2827
226 W. Jackson Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60606
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