Workforce Development

Female adult student in classroom setting.

The Workforce Development department supports the entire District 509 community. You can receive complimentary help with job searches, advice, and referrals to programs designed to help you get back to work.

Individual Development


Job Search Help at ECC

We offer free reemployment services, youth services, continuing education classes, corporate training. It's one of the most in-demand services offered by ECC. This free job coaching and job search assistance service are open to everyone in District 509. Our Employment Transitions Coordinator saw a two-fold increase in demand in 2020. 

Job Search Help at ECC

Integrated Career & Academic Preparation System (ICAPS) Program

ICAPS enables a student to earn a certificate while also earning a high school equivalency or improving English language skills, reading, or math.

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Future Workforce Leader Program

The Future Workforce Leaders Program at Elgin Community College is for qualified participants ages 16 to 24 to receive training and financial assistance. You may learn about various career pathways and also receive a high school equivalency certificate, an occupational training certificate, or gain valuable work experience in your chosen field in the program.

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Corporate Training


Educating and Training your employees can lead to improved performance, morale, output, and increased revenues. Our top-notch training enterprises and adult learning experts deliver training solutions, knowledge, and skills that you can implement in the workplace immediately.

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Continuing Education


Many adults who have no college credit and those who have some credit but no degree can move ahead at ECC to increase their earnings potential in a current field or transition into a new career by completing a degree or certificate program. You can earn some certificates in as little as one semester. ECC's Continuing Education Department offers a wide variety of popular, high-quality non-credit classes, including Coding and Web Development Bootcamps, ACT preparation, kids college, food safety, forklift training, career courses, cooking, and plumbing fundaments with convenient online courses.

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Services and Resources for the Unemployed

This brochure was produced by Elgin Community College and contains a list of providers and services that may benefit unemployed residents of Community College District 509. Categories include education and training, employment, networking, food assistance, shelter, and more.

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