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 group 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

  • EmployLNK brings together city, state, federal and nonprofit workforce development focused agencies to discuss shared efforts and meet with hiring employers. At each meeting, 2-3 employers share about the company, open positions and field questions from agencies. We will then share the info with 900+ case managers on our listserv. 

Case Manager Tours

  • The video below highlights EmployLNK's partnership with Bryan Health and the Nebraska Department of Labor to connect job seekers to careers.

Veteran, Case Manager & Job Seeker Career Fair

  • Our combined job fair occurs every April and October. The morning features 60-75 case managers in attendance to learn about businesses hiring in the area and then opens to 75+ Veterans and 200+ job seekers. 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. Each case manager represents about 50 people.
  • OpportunityLNK is a community and career expo. This career fair features local employers with direct hire opportunities plus community organizations supporting job seekers and families in Lincoln. 

Family Literacy Career Fair

  • Each Fall, EmployLNK partners with the Lincoln Children's Museum and LPS Family Literacy program to connect 300-400 parents with resources and businesses hiring in the community.
  • The Family Literacy program teaches immigrant/refugee parents English after school while their children participate in Community Learning Center enrichment activities. 

Jobs and Extended Learning Opportunities (JELO)

  • Businesses can now connect with the 21,000 middle and high students at LPS! JELO is a place to share job shadows, internships, apprenticeships, part-time jobs and full-time jobs (for graduates that want to start working). The database is visible to students, teachers, counselors and social workers to learn about opportunities in class and clubs to connect to careers in the community! All students have a Chromebook and the database is a link pre-loaded on their browser!
  • Job shadows are required to graduate from LPS and the JELO database allows students to access all business in the community!
  • Please enter your business info, here!


  • MyLink provides information about nonprofit, city, state and federal services in Lincoln as well as 13 other counties across Nebraska.
  • With the free app on Android or Apple, users can search by need such as ‘diapers’ or organization ‘Red Cross;’ view a calendar of free food and medical clinics; the ability to map services nearby; and scroll services by subject (Legal, Veteran’s Services, Employment, and more). 
  • The app works offline once downloaded and is available in English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Arabic and Somali.
  • Since 2018, the app has over 10,000 downloads and averages 1,700 monthly users.
  • The MyLink website provides the same information as the app and is available at www.mylnk.app.


Reconnecting Lincoln’s New Americans to Their Education & Profession

CareerLadder is Lincoln’s effort to reconnect Lincoln’s New Americans to their education and profession. For many New Americans, their college degree, certification and licensure are not recognized in the United States. Thanks to funding from Google.org and expertise from World Education Services (WES), Lincoln’s New Americans Task Force created career pathway documents and funded case management positions to assist people to return to their careers in engineering, education, healthcare, accounting and law. 

For more information or to begin the process, please visit careerladderne.org/pages/home-page

NextGeneration Sector Partnerships

Healthcare leaders from Gage, Lancaster, Saunders and Seward gather quartlerly to work together on talent pipeline and care coordination efforts. This effort is business-led and includes over 40 healthcare organizations. 

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