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Illinois workNet Center of Northern Cook County

Meet Laeeq

Workforce Challenge

Laeeq was unemployed for a month when he heard about the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) through a previous co-worker/ friend who was working with Illinois workNet and had enrolled in a WIA-funded training program. Laeeq started to research the opportunity to go back to school on and signed up for a WIA orientation.

Workforce Solution

“The program was straight forward and the people I worked with really helped me get into a training program quickly," said Laeeq. Within two weeks of meeting with a IL workNet advisor, Laeeq was enrolled in a training program and working towards obtaining his Cisco Network Certification (CCNA).

Outcomes & Benefits

When interviewing for his current position, Laeeq feels that the fact he was in training for CCNA and Voice certifications gave him the leg up against his competitors. The company hired him on full time and encouraged him to finish up his classes. Currently Laeeq is working at United Health Group as a Technical Support Analyst and finishing up his CCNA training program on Saturdays.

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