Workforce Development

Female adult student in classroom setting.

Although many places of businesses are closed, there are still local employers hiring. If you or a family member need off-campus work, please visit

If you need to look for a job and create a professional resume, we recommend using the Build Your Résumé feature on ECC's Career Coach site.

Community members can receive complimentary help with job searches, advice, and referrals to programs designed to help you get back to work. We offer free reemployment services, youth services, continuing education classes, corporate training. Plus, our Small Business Development Center provides complimentary services for local business owners. The Workforce Development department supports the entire District 509 community.

Individual Development

Job Search Help at ECC

One of the most in-demand services offered by ECC has been the free job coaching and job search assistance provided by the Workforce Development Office. Open to everyone in District 509, one-on-one sessions with the Employment Transitions Coordinator saw a two-fold increase in 2020. 

Job Search Help at ECC

Integrated Career & Academic Preparation System (ICAPS) Program

ICAPS enables a student to earn a certificate while also working to earn a high school equivalency or improve 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 can be implemented in the workplace immediately.

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Continuing Education

Many adults who have no college credit, as well as those who have some credit but no degree, can move ahead at ECC to increase their earnings potential in a current field or to transition into a new career by completing a degree or certificate program. Some certificates can be earned in as little as one semester. ECC's Continuing Education Department offers a wide variety of popular, high-quality non-credit classes, including ACT preparation, kids college, food safety, forklift training, career courses, cooking, and dance 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 which may be of benefit to unemployed residents of Community College District 509. Categories include education and training, employment, networking, food assistance, shelter, and more.

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