Attention young professionals, plan to attend the first of many future events offered by Opportunity Unbound/DCEDC to connect with other 21-40-year old’s.
Elevate is DeKalb County’s first countywide young & professional group.
Details can be found below.
Press Release: Curran Contracting Company
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Jason Recob named Curran Contracting President
Crystal Lake, Illinois (May 29, 2023) – Curran Contracting, a leading northern Illinois heavy highway contractor and infrastructure solutions company, is proud to announce Jason Recob as its new President.
Recob is the company’s fifth president since Curran formed in 1936. He is taking the reins from Rick Noe, who announced his retirement as Curran President in the fall.
“Jason is the right choice for Curran,” Noe said. “His extensive senior management experience will complement Curran’s growth strategy in the Midwest. His leadership skills, business acumen and core values align perfectly with our company’s goals.”
Recob’s first day with the company is May 22. He comes to Curran from Miron Construction Co., where he was Senior Vice President of Project Management. Curran’s growth strategy focuses on customer relationship development to widen its current business footprint and focusing on operational excellence which are areas that appealed to Recob.
“I am excited to be at Curran,” Recob said. “Curran’s family business model is one that invests in its talented employees and provides quality service to its clients. That’s a credit to Curran’s strong leadership over the last 87 years. I look forward to building on that strong foundation.”
Recob received a bachelor’s degree in Building Construction Management from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville and a master’s degree in Business Administration and Management from Cardinal Stritch University. He and his wife, Amy, have four children.
About Curran Contracting
Curran is a premier site development, excavation, mass grading, paving and asphalt sales contractor for commercial, industrial and government clients with three Illinois offices in Crystal Lake, DeKalb and Oswego. Curran is a leader in the public and private transportation sectors. For more than 85 years, the contractor has earned a reputation of excellence by focusing on the core values of family, improvement, integrity, partnership and respect. For more information, visit currancontracting.com
Curran Contracting Company 286 Memorial Ct. Crystal Lake, Illinois 60014 815.455.5100
When Sundog IT partnered with Kishwaukee College’s Workforce and Community Education department to participate in the College’s internship program, Dale Boughton didn’t hesitate to start the conversation.
“Initially, the internship program seemed too good to be true,” said Boughton, Sundog’s Service Manager. “When we agreed to take part, I was always waiting for the catch.” Boughton is no longer waiting. “There is no catch,” he said. “It’s all upside.”
Sundog hired its first intern from Kish, Cole Kelly, in 2021 and continued the intern program with Ben Heinisch in 2022 and Tyler Butler in 2023. Through federal and state grants, Kish covered 50% of the interns’ wages as they received on-the-job training at the DeKalb-based IT company. All three former interns have been hired as full-time Level II Engineers.
“The quality of the students made it an easy decision to hire all three full-time. They are eager to learn and present themselves well,” Boughton said.
Internships are just one focus of Kish’s Workforce and Community Education department. The College collaborates with many local employers as a partner in workforce development, offering customized training, short-term training programs, career services, internships, apprenticeships and advisory committees. Sundog serves on Kish’s Computer Information Systems Advisory Committee. Together, employers and faculty share information and ideas to ensure that programs and curricula are responsive to real-world workforce experiences and needs.
Kelly, Heinisch and Butler all offered strong approval for Kish’s Computer Information Systems program, noting the many industry certifications allow students to quickly gain relevant skills and knowledge.
“I ended up at Kish because I had a plan in my head not to take out any loans, and I wasn’t sure I wanted to go to a four-year college right away,” Kelly said. “IT was something I could find work in without much experience. And it is exactly what I want to be doing and exactly where I want to be.”
For Heinisch, CIS courses allowed him to discover his career interest after initially being unsure of what program he wanted to pursue when enrolling at Kish. He highlighted the hands-on lab work offered in the courses.
“I wanted to be doing something a little more involved,” Heinisch said. “Kish gives you an actual environment to work in. You are doing real configuration.”
Along with Kish’s quality instruction and course structure, Butler commended how simple Kish’s Career Services made finding work opportunities, especially through the Handshake app.
“It’s very easy to work with and showed me all the different opportunities in the area,” Butler said. “It’s how I was able to find the internship at Sundog.”
From an employer perspective, Boughton said working with Kish has been smooth and straightforward as Sundog has developed its intern program.
“They really drive the student coordination and make it easy for the students to juggle their educational obligations with getting hands-on, real-world experience — while letting me know of any grants or assistance to really make it a win-win,” Boughton said.
And that is a main focus of Kish’s Workforce and Community Education department.
“You look for ways to support one another. This is one way our students can connect their classroom experience with real-world applications,” said LaCretia Konan, Dean of Workforce & Community Education. “It’s the ideal time to train a student your way and open up the pathway to increasing your talent pipeline. Kish truly is preparing our future workforce.”
To learn more about Kish’s workforce development opportunities, including internships, customized training and more, visit kish.edu/workforcepartnerships. To learn more about Kish’s Computer Information Systems program, visit kish.edu/cis.
Photo Caption: Sundog employees (left to right) Tyler Butler, Ben Heinisch and Cole Kelly each started at the DeKalb-based IT company as interns from Kishwaukee College. Sundog hired all three to full-time positions following their internships as the company looks to build on its partnership with Kish.
Tia Anderson, DCEDC Class of 2024 has been recently awarded the Leo Olson Award from the United Way.
Tia’s profound passion and commitment to volunteerism and service work is apparent to all who know her. This prestigious award is given to recognize the commitment to the United Way and the spirit of volunteerism and service work.
DCEDC would like to congratulate board member Tia Anderson on this award. We are grateful to have you serving our board.
DeKalb County has a longstanding and rich history of many nonprofit organizations that provide essential, and often critical resources to our DeKalb County residents. Please consider a generous donation to this very important initiative.
DeKalb mayor says governor’s office supports plans for Metra in DeKalb.
“Here in the city of DeKalb, education is where we come from, it’s foundational to the success that we’ve had,” Barnes, also an NIU alum, said.
Barnes said NIU has been valuable in the application process for a potential Metra expansion. In January, the DeKalb City Council approved a $98,379contract with Chicago-based Sam Schwartz Consulting LLC for the city to undergo a Metra feasibility study. The city also has taken other steps, including devoting a downtown lot to free parking for those wishing to take the transit bus to Elburn instead of parking at the Elburn train station. Elburn bus trips also have increased in frequency.
“In initial results that we’re getting, this looks like a higher probability that we’re going to have the ridership that we need to make that happen,” Barnes said. “And I know we have the partnership of the governor’s office in order to help drive that commuter rail here because NIU is the only state in the university to not have that.”
To read the full article by the Daily Chronicle, please click on the link City of DeKalb and NIU Governor visits NIU to tout higher ed funding
DeKalb– U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin and U.S. Rep. Lauren Underwood visited Northern Illinois University on Wednesday to herald a recent $1.5 million federal investment for a 4,200-square-foot microchip innovation and workforce development hub on campus.
NIU is in the process of converting its existing lab space into a fabrication lab dedicated to education, research and development, and small-business incubation to drive innovation across northern Illinois and help address the global microchip shortage.
To read the full article, as published by the Daily Chronicle, click on this link City of DeKalb and NIU Durbin and Underwood visit to herald 1.5M advanced electronics