BEST, Inc. wants to help make 2021 ‘your year’

Employment assistance, training, apprenticeships offered

MENDOTA - Business Employment Skills Team (BEST, Inc.) encourages anyone who is looking for employment or a new career in 2021 to give them a call. BEST, Inc. assists in helping adults, dislocated workers, and youth gain meaningful employment with job search assistance, On-the-Job Training (OJT) and paid work experience. They also have apprenticeship programs and offer services to individuals affected by the opioid epidemic.

“As we say goodbye to 2020 we want to help those who faced challenges with employment or training,” said Carrie Folken, executive director of BEST, Inc. “BEST, Inc. is here to help you whether it is for training, finding a job or getting a better job.”

BEST, Inc. is a federally-funded agency assisting local companies to thrive in today’s complex, competitive and ever-changing economy. Their professional staff will meet with employers to assess their needs and determine an appropriate implementation plan. “We have a multitude of free services to help business with training, hiring and retention,” said Dianna Schuler, business services manager for BEST, Inc. “If you have any questions about how we can help your business thrive in 2021, do not hesitate to call me at (815) 631-2990 to schedule a meeting.”

BEST, Inc. has received a grant to expand apprenticeship opportunities. Please contact Nikelle Tellier, project navigator for the apprenticeship program, at (815) 200-3196 for more information. 

BEST, Inc. helps with training and education. “2021 may be the year you want to invest in yourself with training or education for a new career,” said Joel Torbeck, program manager for BEST, Inc. “BEST, Inc. may be able to financially assist you with tuition, books, fees, childcare, travel, etc. to help you gain new skills.” 

For more information, please contact him at (815) 640-9405.

Training and employment programs are also available to help those affected by the opioid crisis. For more information, contact Kerri Hicks at (815) 872-0255.  

Best, Inc. serves several area counties including Bureau, Carroll, Jo Daviess, LaSalle, Lee, Ogle, Putnam and Whiteside. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the offices are closed to walk-in traffic, however, staff can provide assistance by appointment by calling (815) 625-9648. 


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