McHenry County College has named David Matts of Crystal Lake as executive director of its Workforce, Community and Business Program.
Matts replaces Catherine Jones, who left MCC for a position at a four-year university.
In his new role at MCC, Matts directs the development, implementation and evaluation of commuDaveMatts_forwebnity and workforce programs and events, including customized training and operations at the Shah Center for Corporate Training.
“It is great to be working in the McHenry County area, which I have called home for more than 20 years,” Matts said. “I am pleased to be part of MCC; and I look forward to the opportunity to build on existing relationships in business and industry to meet the training and education needs of our area workforce.”
Before joining the college, Matts was director of continuing education at the College of Lake County since 2010. Before that, he was director of inside sales at Deluxe Corp. in Crystal Lake for 10 years. He also is the former assistant vice president of sales support and shareholder services at Scudder Kemper Investments in Chicago, where he worked for four years. He advanced from an inside sales representative to a manager in three years.
Matts earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from the University of Iowa in Iowa City.
The college’s Workforce, Community and Business Program provides seminars and workshops covering leadership, workforce skills, safety, industry certification and technology. Programs are open to individuals who wish to improve their job, career or personal skills and businesses, large and small, as an extension of their development training department.
The college program also works with the Illinois Small-Business Development Center, which provides resources, expertise and educational seminars focused on the needs of small-business owners. The ISBDC offers assistance to McHenry County businesses that employee up to 500 people.
Its services include:
• No-cost, one-on-one business counseling.
• Educational seminars, with networking opportunities to meet other small-business owners.
• A business resource library.
• The Illinois Entrepreneurial Network.

The Workforce, Community and Business Program’s offerings range from classes in core language skills to strategic planning. It offers programs on plant safety, team building, computer training and management.
Matts and other members of the Workforce team can analyze an organization’s needs and offer an in-depth assessment of the entire organization or one employee group. The Workforce resource pool has experienced industry trainers and consultants, available to help assess strengths, weaknesses and goals for planning purposes.
Training can be on-site or at the Shah Center, depending on whichever is more convenient for a business and its employees.
The Workforce program partners with programs such as:
• Development Dimensions International.
• Command Spanish.

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