Peoria International Airport

Regional Workforce Development Alliance

Co-Chairs: Patti Abel and Dr. Sheila Quirk-Bailey

WORKING GOAL: Create the regional workforce required to stabilize and grow our economy by systemically connecting employers, educators, community based organizations with high school graduates, the under-credentialed and multi barriered adults to ensure 70% of our population has the required certifications to obtain gainful employment.

Regional Workforce Pathways

  • Emerging Workforce Pathway – Addresses Middle School/Career Exploration, High School Career Experiences/College Credits, Career Decisions, Post secondary credentials (Community College/Trade School, Apprenticeships, Regional 4 year Colleges/Universities focused on retaining the recently credentialed in the Peoria region)
  • Working Adult Up-skill Pathway – Targets underemployed and under credentialed adults with work experience to obtain credentials that address workforce gaps. Earn and Learn – short term to under 3 years
  • Multiple Barrier – Focuses on adults who swirl through Community based Organizations and support systems with little to no credentials or work experience to qualify for entry level job stabilization