Mayor's Employer Advisory Council Begins
Mayor Stephen Hagerty and Evanston community and business leaders on Thursday gathered at Evanston Township High School (ETHS) for the first meeting of the Mayor's Employer Advisory Council, which aims to improve and develop sustainable career pathways for Evanston high school students seeking careers that do not require a four-year college degree.
The Council, which is a part of the mayor's Elevate Evanston initiative announced in March, will focus on enhancing collaboration between Evanston employers and educators, better connecting students with career opportunities in the city while providing local employers with a well-prepared source of talent. The Council has set a goal of moving 100 students per year directly into careers with Evanston employers by the time it sunsets in June of 2021.
"Evanston is fortunate to have a thriving, diverse business community, great schools filled with remarkable kids, and a strong network of organizations committed to supporting their success," said Mayor Hagerty. "Working together, we have a marvelous opportunity to elevate our youth, elevate our city, and create a better Evanston for everyone."
Members of many Evanston employer groups are participating in the initiative, including those representing health care, hospitality, manufacturing, automotive, government and nonprofit organizations, as well as entrepreneurs. The Council will meet periodically throughout the next three years to address the challenges Evanston employers face in building a sustainable workforce and the challenges Evanston youth and young adults face in finding local employment.
Organizations and individuals currently participating in the Mayor's Employer Advisory Council include the City of Evanston, Evanston Township High School District 202, Cook County Commissioner Larry Suffredin, State Representative Robyn Gabel, Council Chair Neil Gambow, Evanston Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Evanston, Evanston Public Library, Northwestern University, Evanston/Skokie School District 65, Oakton Community College, NorthShore University HealthSystem, Presence Health, Aramark, S&C Electric, Inclusion Solutions, Wintrust Bank, BLUE1647, Starbucks, Ward Manufacturing, First Bank & Trust, Hecky's Barbecue, Dempster Auto Rebuilders, Cinemark Theatres, NorthStar Heating and Air Conditioning, Koi, Fisher Auto Group, Hilton Orrington/Evanston, Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership, Evanston Cradle to Career, Evanston Work Ethic Program, Youth Job Center, Evanston Community Foundation, National Able Network, Inspire Your Future and NSERVE.
For more information, please call or text 847-448-4311. For convenience, residents may simply dial 3-1-1 in Evanston.