Job Search Help at ECC

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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 elgin.edu/hirespartans.

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.

The Workforce Development Department of ECC wants to be your partner, helping you achieve your educational and career goals. There are many free programs and services available to youth and adults who qualify.

Individual Development


Unemployment Services

Workforce Development Department at ECC supports all community members who reside in District 509. We offer several programs and services to assist individuals in our community who are unemployed or underemployed. Programs include workshops, networking activities, job search skills help, training assistance, classes, one-on-one coaching, and more. For additional information, contact the program coordinator at 847-214-6970.

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.

Future Workforce Leader Program

If you are out of school or a recent high school graduate, age 16 to 24, reside in Kane or Cook County and meet program guidelines, you may qualify. Learn about the future workforce leader program

Continuing Education & Corporate Training


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 test preparation, kid’s college, food safety, forklift training, career courses, cooking, dance, and convenient online courses.

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. Learn more about corporate training.

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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