A collaboration of workforce development agencies in Lincoln

What is EmployLNK?

EmployLNK is a collaboration of workforce development agencies in Lincoln including ResCare/American Job Center, Department of Labor, Lincoln Partnership for Economic Development/Prosper Lincoln, Lutheran Family Services, Catholic Social Services, Vocational Rehabilitation, Center for People In Need, Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired, Veterans Affairs and more. EmployLNK is the single point of contact for business to interact with the agencies that serve others and to organize job fairs and other employment-focused events. In addition to monthly meetings to share common issues and hear from Lincoln businesses on their openings, this groups also plans career fairs for veterans, adults and students and plans a reverse pitch job fair for case managers to learn about jobs in the community. In total, the agencies serve 5,000+ Lincoln residents.

EmployLNK Business Meeting

  • The meeting includes 10-15 workforce development agencies. Business share about the company, open positions, and field questions from agencies. We will then share the info with 500+ case managers on our listserv. Agencies get to meet business face-to-face
  • Meets once a month with two business guests. The rest of the 90 minute meeting focused on agency sharing, event planning, and client trends.
  • Maintain listserv of 500 case managers and human service professionals

Bryan Health is hiring! Bryan Health has 100+ open positions in a diversity of careers including food service, medical, environmental services and more. On November 15th, 17 Lincoln-area case managers toured Bryan West to learn more about these positions and the benefits of working for Lincoln’s largest employer. Bryan offers tuition reimbursement, full benefits, a child development center for staff, and a great culture! Case managers represent people moving from part-time jobs to full-time careers with agencies such as ResCare, Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired, Lutheran Family Services, Vocational Rehabilitation, Ponca Tribe, Department of Labor and more. Thank you Bryan Health for the opportunity to share this information with Lincoln families!

April/October Case Manager & Job Seeker Career Fair

  • Event takes place every six months. The morning features 60-75 case managers in attendance followed by 200 job seekers. Each case manager represents about 50 people so your participation will reach 3,000 people!
  • Each business provides a 90 second pitch to the case managers on why they should refer their clients to your careers. The event then breaks into a traditional career fair setting for case managers to speak with the businesses that are best fits for their clients. After an hour, the event opens to the general public and we usually have 150-200 job seekers attend. Breakfast and lunch provided!

Veteran and Military Career Fair

  • Bi-annual event with 100+ veterans and military with 30+ business
  • Collaboration with EmployLNK, VA, and private business donor


  • An opportunity for to share opportunities for middle/high school students including job shadows, internships, apprenticeships, part-time jobs and full-time jobs (for graduates that want to start working). This launched just this month! This answers a need at Lincoln Public Schools where schools field calls from business that want to post jobs. There are rules around this and the StudentLNK system allows for District-level approval of jobs. They are then shared electronically and are visible to LPS teachers, counselors, and students via a portal. All LPS students have a Chromebook that they can take home and use to view opportunities.
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Family Literacy Career Fair

  • On September 30th from 130-430pm, 300-400 parents and children will be at the Children’s Museum.
  • This is an event for the Lincoln Public Schools Family Literacy program. The program teaches immigrant/refugee parents English after school while their children participate in Community Learning Center enrichment activities. See attached for more information.
  • At the museum, there will be a free meal and a career and resource fair for parents to participate while the children play!


Volunteer project that turned a 200 page PDF catalog of nonprofit services into an app that works for Android and Apple. Users can search by need ‘diapers’ or organization ‘Red Cross,’ view a calendar of free food and medical clinics, and scroll services by subject (children’s programs, employment, emergency numbers). The app works offline once downloaded. Since March 2018, we have almost 5,000 downloads and 1,750 monthly users.

NextGeneration Sector Partnerships

National consulting firm hired by Deparment of Economic Development to build regional industry-focused partnerships. Our area selected healthcare. On August 22nd, we had 51 healthcare executives gather to discuss needs. They selected talent pipeline, care coordination & community engagement and awareness & recruitment as the three focus areas. We will have conference calls in September to drill deeper into each area and a second in- person meeting in October to build an action plan. The effort is business-driven with LPED leading organization.


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