Workforce Assistance

ManTraCon – Regional employee screening and hiring support Workforce Investment Area # 25 has a comprehensive system of employment services offered through their administrative services company, ManTraCon. This is a free service offered to companies locating within the WIA #25 region with offices in Mt. Vernon, West Frankfort, Marion, Carbondale, and DuQuoin

Business Services Provided through ManTraCon:

  • Incumbent Worker Training Program
  • Job posting services and advertising for mass hiring
  • Recruitment and pre-screening of qualified applicants
  • On-Site Interviewing and conference facilities
  • Training subsidies
  • On-the-Job Training programs
  • Business tax credits and savings
  • Rapid Response — mass layoff assistance
  • Labor/Market information, including job and wage data, plus industry growth trends, forecasts and more

Marion office:
(Kathy Lively): (618) 998-0970 X 237

Illinois Department of Employment Security
Office Manager: Penny Valentine
Contact: Karen Laws, Service Rep.
333 Potomac Blvd.
Mount Vernon, IL 62864
Phone # 618/244-1700 extension 7371

State of Illinois Employer Training Investment Program (ETIP)

The Employer Training Investment Program (ETIP) helps keep Illinois workers' skills in pace with new technologies and business practices. ETIP grants can reimburse Illinois companies for up to 50% of the cost of training their employees. Grants may be awarded to individual businesses, to original equipment manufacturers sponsoring multi-company training for employees of their Illinois supplier companies and to intermediary organizations operating multi-company training projects.

Employer Training Investment Program/Large Company Component (ETIP/LCC)

There are two ways large Illinois companies (with 250 or more full-time employees) can access state training funds available through the ETIP/LCC. Individual employers may apply for grant funds to assist with training their employees. The multi-company training component allows companies with common employee training needs to join together in meeting these common needs and applying for training funds.

Single Company Training Projects

Individual companies (with 250 or more full-time employees) undertaking eligible training activities may apply for an ETIP/LCC grant. Frequently, these companies are undertaking a major retention, expansion, or location project in the state. Other situations which may contribute to an individual company applying for a training grant include a major capital investment in new equipment or technology(ies) or specialized or customized training needs not shared with other companies in the area.

Multi-Company Training Projects

Companies that have identified common training needs are encouraged to apply for ETIP/LCC grant funds under the program's multi-company traing component. An intermediary organization may apply for grant funds on behalf of the companies participating in the project. This organization conducts or sponsors the employee training programs. The intermediary organization coordinates all grant administrative and training evaluation reporting functions on behalf of the companies in the project.

Eligible applicants include business and industry associations, institution of higher education, large manufacturers for supplier network companies, labor organizations and strategic business partnerships.

Contact Information:

  • Employer Training Investment Program/Large Company Component
    620 East Adams Street, 3rd Floor
    Springfield, IL 62701
    Phone: (217) 785-6284
    Fax: (217) 558-6971
  • Illinois Department of Rehabilitation Services
    Contact: Bryce Hampton
    333 Potomac Blvd.
    Mount Vernon, IL 62864
    Phone # 618/244-0331
    Rev. Mrs. Erie V. Patton, President
    Jefferson County Branch N.A.A.C.P. #3036
    725 S. 15th Street
    Mount Vernon, IL 62864-0047
    Phone # 618/244-6235; 618/244-3054
  • Rend Lake College
    Cooperative Education and Employment Services
    Student Center 208
    468 North Ken Gray Parkway
    Ina, IL 62846
    Phone # 618/437-5321 Extension 1351
  • Manpower
    4111 North Water Tower Place
    Mount Vernon, IL 62864
    Phone 618/242-0690
  • Select Remedy
    715 S. 42nd Street
    Mount Vernon, IL 62864
    Phone 618/241-9620
  • Pyramid Staffing
    U.S. Bank Building
    123 South 10th, Suite 401
    Mt. Vernon, IL  62864
    Phone 618/244-1554
  • The Register News
    911 Broadway
    Mount Vernon, IL 62864
    Phone # 618/242-0113
    FAX 618-242-8286
  • Mount Vernon Sentinel
    1808 Broadway
    Mount Vernon, IL 62864
    Phone # 618/246-2000
    FAX – 618/246-9902
  • WMIX
    3501 Broadway
    Mount Vernon, IL 62864
    FAX – 618/242-2490
  • WDML
    3501 Broadway
    Mount Vernon, IL 62864
    Phone # 618/242-3333
    FAX 618/242-3334
  • Charter Communications (Cable service)
    5111 Lake Terrace Northeast
    Mount Vernon, IL 62864
    Phone # 242-5684

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