Project Hire-Ed

Project Hire-Ed


Are you struggling to fill jobs with people who have the right skills?

A recent CNBC survey of company presidents and CFOs reveals that 46 percent believe the workforce is not developing the proper skills businesses require. Additionally, the National Federation of Independent Business found that as of first-quarter 2017, 45 percent of small businesses were unable to find qualified applicants to fill job openings.

That skills gap is hurting national and local competitiveness and impeding economic growth. College of DuPage wants to work with business leaders to develop strategies to close the gap in both white collar and industrial or technical areas, and ensure our local workforce is prepared to perform.

How do we begin?

The first step is talking with employers to determine what jobs they are having difficulty filling and where their talent pipelines need help.

By conferring with local business leaders about what is missing in the skill set of recent graduates—and what skills are simply missing from our workforce—we can gauge the problem and begin to develop solutions for specific challenges facing area employers.

Why College of DuPage?

COD has a long history of partnering with employers to develop educational programs to meet changing workforce needs. The College has the flexibility to meet those needs with a variety of solutions. Working together to build a bridge between hiring and education, we can help you find the right talent for your business.

How do businesses get involved?

Contact Linda Sands-Vankerk, Vice President of Project Hire-Ed, to begin the conversation about how COD can help to more closely align education and employers’ skill requirements, and help build a stronger workforce.


Linda Sands-Vankerk
Vice President of Project Hire-Ed
(630) 942-2621

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