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.

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Lincoln Manufacturing Council (LMC)

EmployLNK Information          LMC Brochure for Participants          

The Lincoln Manufacturing Council's Manufacturing Tech program includes 10 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:

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

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. 

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 700 case managers and human service professionals to share hiring information and programming
  • Meeting occurs at Vocational Rehabilitation, 3901 N. 27th on the 3rd Wednesday of each month from 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Case Manager Tours

  • Case managers in our community need to know who is hiring and to know what the careers are like each day. To do this, EmployLNK coordinates 10 case manager tours each year with businesses hiring in the community. A total of 10-15 case managers tour the business and meet with HR/hiring staff to learn more about the work culture, expectations, salary/benefits and more. If your business would like to arrange a tour, please contact Bryan Seck at bseck@selectlincoln.org.

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 so your participation will reach 3,000 people!

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!

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. 


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 and is available on Apple and Android app stores. Since March 2018, we have almost 8,000 downloads and 1,700 monthly users.

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.

World Education Services: Skilled Immigrant Integration Program

Lincoln was selected as one of eight communities in the country for the Skilled Immigrant Integration Program grant from Washington DC-based, WES. The goal of the effort is to reconnect refugee and immigrant professionals to their careers through work and education placement. For example, an air traffic controller from Iraq or a veterinarian from the Sudan. This effort is co-led by LPED, Nebraska Appleseed, Asian Community and Cultural Center, Civic Nebraska, Southeast Community College and the City of Lincoln. The group is creating maps to visually illustrate the process of becoming educated and certified in the United States for teachers, engineers, lawyers, medical professionals and accountants. 

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