The Workforce Connection’s Work Experience Program works with regional businesses to connect youth to opportunities, exposing youth to careers and fulfilling business needs. The Elevate Youth Program recently connected an eager career-seeker, Jessica, to a great opportunity. Alexander Mills, Executive Director of Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden shared his delight with us.

“I am pleased to let you know of the positive experience our organization has had this summer with the Work Experience program – specifically, with program participant Jessica.

Jessica was an ideal example of a program participant. She was punctual, eager to learn, and diligent in carrying out her assigned tasks. She showed great initiative and flexibility, and always displayed a positive attitude. She was very reliable, and although not an employee of our organization, worked seamlessly with our staff as if she was. Her supervisor and co-workers greatly appreciated her efforts, as did our volunteers and visitors throughout the season.

As a result, Jessica was hired immediately by our organization after her completion of the program. She now carries out duties similar to those she completed as a program participant, but additionally serves as a Gatehouse and Gift Shop Attendant for our organization, taking admissions at our point-of-entry for the arboretum and also making sales in our gift shop when assigned to work this space.

I thought I would share this experience with you so that you could in turn share this success with others in your organization. We appreciate our ability to participate in the Work Experience program and would strongly consider doing so again. We also appreciate the availability and strong communication provided by yourself throughout this program, it has made it very easy for us to ensure success for the participants.”

If you or your business is interested in learning more about the Work Experience (WEX) Program, contact our business services team at or 815-395-6619

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