Volume 05| May 2020
2019 COMPACT Year in Review

Check out COMPACT's 2019 Year in Review Report!

We would like to thank our Volunteers, Board of Directors, and Investors for making 2019 such a success!

We look forward to an exciting 2020!

Make sure to check out the latest updates on BNPrepared.org! Know of a great resource not listed, let us know !

COVID Resource Guides:

Reentry Guidelines , for return to work planning
Balancing Work & E-Learning

When: May 6, 2020 @ 10:00 am
Where: Via Zoom

FREE to Attend, Registration is required

Molly Allen, from the Regional Office of Education 17 will be presenting an educational session that focuses on balancing work, e-learning with kids, and the ever evolving COVID-19 situation. Please join us for this informational session!
Becoming BN 2020 Program
Feedback Request

Becoming BN is a program designed to introduce early career, summer interns, and grad students to the wonderful attributes of the Bloomington Normal community. The program is intended to showcase community events and provide professional and social networking opportunities. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our business model for implementing the Becoming BN program is shifting for the summer of 2020.

If your organization is interested in participating in Becoming BN this summer we would like to hear your thoughts on how best to move forward with Becoming BN for the summer of 2020.

Please complete this brief survey by May 7, 2020.
NeSTEM Scholarships

Funded by the National Science Foundation, the NexSTEM program provides scholarships to academically successful, low income students from McLean county and the surrounding areas who are committed to pursuing STEM degrees at Heartland Community College (HCC), Illinois State University (ISU), or Illinois Wesleyan University (IWU).

Successful applicants will be awarded scholarships of up to $10,000 per year for four years.

The application deadline for ISU and IWU is extended until TODAY May 1, 2020 and HCC application deadline is extended until July 1, 2020.
Thriving in the Virtual Work Place Series
Looking for successful way to keep yourself and your team moving forward while working remotely?
Check Out the new web series through the  Illinois Center for Specialized Professional Support   at Illinois State University that focuses on " Thriving in the Virtual Work Place   ".
This webinar series was recorded and is available on-demand.

Session topics include:
·     Best Practices for Remote Work
·     Best Practices for Leading a Virtual Team
·     Bringing Your Best Self to the Virtual Workplace
·     Supporting Clients/Students in a Virtual Work: Remind and Zoom 
Heartland Community College - Continuing Education will not be offering any adult summer programming. Enrichment and professional development offerings will resume again in August. 

The EWS course registration for this Fall is Open! Register now for EWS sessions that start September 2, 2020.

Make sure to check out other Online classes currently available!
Bloomington-Normal Human Resource Council (BNHRC) is hosting a free webinar May 6th at 10 am on Return to Work: Critical Information for Employers as Employees Come Back to Workplace. To find more information and to register CLICK HERE.

Tackling COVID-19 Impacts on Education: The Education Trust has released several articles, podcasts and resources that address how the current crisis is impacting education. Recent topics include online learning without equipment , six steps schools can take to address equity during the pandemic , a preschool - 12 education agenda and a higher education equity agenda .

Predicting Economic Trends: Brookings release a report on the long-term economic impacts of COVID-19 . The report covers how the pandemic could accelerate trends of automation and generational migration and exacerbate income, housing and occupational inequalities.

Finding Opportunities in the Midst of Crisis: The Lumina Foundation put out an article titled Post-COVID: Building the Better Education System that We've Long Needed . Taking the advice to not waste a crisis to heart, the article makes recommendations to improve the adult learning system. 

Are you a Chamber Member? Are you currently HIRING? Let Us Know!
Did you know? If you are a McLean County Chamber of Commerce Member you can post job openings on www.mcleancochamber.org website under Community Job Postings for free through your Member Information Center as part of your membership! Find out how to post through the Member Information Center HERE!

Find a list of current Chamber Members hiring through the Chamber's website . Under the Community tab, you will find the Community Job Postings .
For information about COMPACT or information in this newsletter
contact Jancy LaFollette ,Workforce Development/COMPACT Manager