Fall Education to Employer Summit





Thursday, October 17, 2019
Heartland Community College



COMPACT, institutions of higher education, local employers, and community leaders came togher for an afternoon discussion on the collaborative partnership at the post-secondary level happening in McLean County that are sparking interest in career and college pathways.
The Education to Employer Fall Summit began with a fireside chat; with appearces by ISU President Dr. Larry Dietz , IWU Interim President Dr. Georgia Nugent , Heartland Community College President Dr. Keith Cornille, and Lincoln College Interim VP for Academic Affairs Michelle Baldwin.  


Breakout Sessions included


Connecting Employers and College Students through Career Services

Discuss how career services offices at local institutions of higher education are impacting the talent pipeline in McLean County.  Hear from a panel of representatives from ISU, IWU, Heartland and Lincoln College about innovative work they are doing to prepare students and how employers can engage!  Facilitated by Vance Laine, Executive Director of the Normal Campus for Lincoln College with panelist 

  • Illinois State University: Pamela Cooper, Director of ISU Career Center
  • Illinois Wesleyan University: Warren Kistner, Director of the IWU Career Center
  • Heartland Community College: Ann Schick, Academic Advisor for Career Connections
  • Lincoln College: Aaron Hurley, Assistant Professor of Business and Internship Coordinator


        Illinois Wesleyan University Employer Service Brochure

        Hart Career Center at Illinois Wesleyan

        Career Center at Illinois State University Link to Website

        Heartland Community College Career  Connections

        Lincoln College Career Services


Upskilling the Workforce

This session will focus on opportunities and resources available to assist local employers with developing skills for employees to prepare them to handle their jobs well.  Upskilling is an ongoing necessity that helps in reducing costs of supervision and on the job accidents; as well as helps with increased productivity and meeting the needs of today's industries.  Join us for an interactive look at local means to upskill your workforce.

Presented by:  David Vaughn, Technical Specialist /Planner with Career Link- An Illinois workNet Center and Christina Schulz, Associate Director, Business and Industry Solutions with Heartland Community College


        Essential Workplace Skills Information

        Career Link Employer Services


The Economic Impact of Being a "College Town"

Participate in an open dialogue session regarding why being a "college town" helps our community and businesses thrive.  Discuss the economic impact of college students in McLean county and how we as a community can assist with student retention.  Presented by: Dr. Frank Beck, Illinois State University Stevenson Center for Community and Economic Development


         “Economic Impact Analysis of Illinois State University” by Hassan Mohammadi and Frank Beck