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Workforce Academy

Rick Vescio

Executive Director

The Workforce Academy 

​The Workforce Academy continues to be a premier workforce training institution in Chicago. Through the power of targeted, specialized training, we aim to enhance employees’ knowledge, increase their skills, and give them a path to life-long learning.               

We provide a broad range of quality, affordable non-credit courses, programs, and services that prepare employees for success in a technologically advanced and increasingly interdependent global society. We work to help you upskill your workforce, enhance the community you serve, and provide new productivity tools to benefit your company.       

We offer:

  • productivity studies on your present workforce and forecasting for future needs
  • detailed needs analysis of your most crucial training needs, along with recommendations for implementation
  • customized curriculum development as a stand-alone product
  • targeted, affordable, high-quality non-credit training to businesses, private companies, qualifying government organizations and other groups across a variety of industries
  • trainers and subject matter experts that are leaders in their field
  • on-site instruction at client locations or at any of our City Colleges locations across Chicago
  • post-training impact studies and ROI analysis

We customize our materials to meet the unique needs of our clients and offer over 100 trainings and workshops in a variety of topics. Our areas of specialized training are widely used and requested across various industries.


Faculty & Staff

Executive Leadership

Meredith Sparks Ament
Senior Associate Vice Chancellor   

Rick Vescio  
Executive Director                                                                                          
Business Development

Robert Clarke
Business Development Manager

Training Operations

Naté Hoover                                                                                     
Training Operations Manager
Pamella Andersen        
Workforce Training Specialist 

Business Services

Jerome Gay                                
Assistant Business Manager                                         

Maritza Hidalgo     
Business Services Specialist-CCAII

Continuing Education & PPD     

Kyla Wilson     
Director, Continuing Education and Special Interest     

Contact Information

(312) 553-3242
(312) 553-2827
District Office
226 W. Jackson Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60606
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Monday-Friday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm


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