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EmployLNK

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.

Drive-Thru Career Fair Returns!

Our next Drive-Thru Career Fair will take place on Thursday, April 22, 2021 from noon until 7 p.m. at Gateway Mall in the former Sears parking lot at 63rd and O streets. 

As with previous events, this is a safe, contactless event where jobseekers can stay in their car and receive a bag with information from Lincoln companies that are hiring now. All companies are welcome to participate and share their information with the community! We are expecting between 500-700 people to attend the event.

Thank you to sponsors: LPED, EmployLNK, American Job Center of Lancaster and Saunders Counties, Nebraska Department of Labor, Center for People in Need, Gateway Mall and Lincoln Literacy.

Contact Bryan Seck, bseck@selectlincoln.org, with questions.

View the Drive-Thru Career Fair poster and download to share here.
 

Lincoln Manufacturing Council (LMC)

LMC Brochure for Participants

LMC Application Form

The Lincoln Manufacturing Council's Manufacturing Tech program includes 15 Lincoln manufacturers that are hiring in our community. We are looking for people that don’t have experience in manufacturing and are willing to learn more!

The 6-week class includes information about measurement, reading work orders, manufacturing workplace protocols and more! The final class will be a career fair giving students an opportunity to interview and be considered for a position. 

Manufacturers include:

  • Agility Fuel Systems
  • Bison
  • ContinentalContitech
  • Deeter Foundry
  • General Dynamics
  • InExhaust
  • Kawasaki
  • LI-COR
  • Lincoln Industries
  • Lincoln Machine
  • Mapes
  • Molex
  • Nature's Variety
  • Teledyne Isco
  • TMCO

Benefits to the class include:

  • $250 stipend for completing the class
  • Meet with manufacturers during class to learn more
  • Job shadow with a selected manufacturer
  • Childcare provided by Lincoln Literacy at Lincoln High
  • Meals for the class and children
  • Manufacturing Tech Certificate upon completion 

The class is free for accepted students. Students must attend all sessions to earn the certificate and stipend. Basic English skills are required to understand the instruction and complete the tasks. A total of 12-15 students will be accepted. There will be future sessions of the class, and anyone not selected for this class will be considered for the next class. LMC classes are currently postponed due to COVID 19. We hope to return to classes in the community in Summer 2021.

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. 
  • The meetings occur via Zoom. If businesses or case managers would like to attend, please contact Bryan Seck, bseck@selectlincoln.org.

Case Manager Tours

  • Case manager tours are currently postponed due to COVID 19. We hope to return tours in Summer 2021.
  • 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.
  • Due to COVID-19, EmployLNK leads small in-person hiring events, virtual career panels and shares job postings weekly with job seekers instead of large, in-person fairs. We hope to return to in-person fairs in Summer 2021.

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

  • 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.

CareerLadder: 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 https://careerladderne.org/.

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. 

Lincoln STEM Ecosystem (LNKSE)

The Lincoln STEM Ecosystem (LNKSE) launched in April 2019 to better connect preK-12th grade students to the STEM related careers availabile in our community. The effort includes LPS, Southeast Community College, universities and businesses to create opportunities for learning for students and teachers. The local website is www.lnkse.com and the national Ecosystem website is www.STEMecosystems.org.

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