Resources for the Unemployed

Female instructor leading an adult learning class at ECC.

ECC offers 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, and more. Begin your journey today by contacting the program coordinator at 847-214-6970.

Services are available to area residents and are open to all members of the community.

Programs for Adult Job Seekers


ECC’s Career Transition Services is dedicated to supporting adult job seekers in the community. We have several programs and tools to help make your job search easier and more successful. These programs focus on helping you get back into the workforce by offering services specifically designed to make your journey easier and more effective.

Navigating today’s job market is tough. We can help point you in the right direction. We have some strategies that will help you compete for the job you want. We will give you the tools you need to update your resume and other personal marketing tools, target your job search, and get job leads. We will work with you on networking strategies and tools. We are available to coach you one-on-one throughout the process until you find your next job.

Our programs for adult job seekers include:

  • Workshops designed to teach you the skills you need to apply for jobs in today’s market.
  • Resume assistance.
  • Career networking group.
  • One-on-one coaching until you find a job.

Contact us at 847-214-6970 for more information and to get started.

Community-Based Employment Services


Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES)

Kane County Office

2 Smoke Tree Plaza
North Aurora, IL 60542

800-244-5631

Cook County Office

723 W. Algonquin Road
Arlington Heights, IL 60005

800-244-5631

Illinois WorkNet Center
Access quality services through a network of organizations designed to meet the workforce needs of job seekers, businesses, and the community.

Two Rivers Head Start Agency
Employment training available for low-income residents of Kane County.

Training for Your Next Job


Workforce Development Department at ECC
Take advantage of many free programs and services available to youth and adults who qualify. Services include workshops and one-on-one assistance to help with resume review, interview prep, career changes, employer expectations, and job search skills for today’s job market. The department also offers computer skills workshops and short-term programs to obtain job certification. Contact Workforce Development at 847-214-6901 for more information.

ECC Credit Programs
Certificates and degrees designed to prepare students for immediate employment.

ECC Continuing Education Programs
Information regarding ECC certification programs and specialized skills training.

Illinois Workforce Development Systems (IWDS)
IWDS provides a state listing of Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) certified training programs.

Financial Assistance


Get financial assistance for job training, certificate programs, or college classes.

WIOA Grants
The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act may provide funding for job training programs/classes for qualified unemployed individuals. Contact your local unemployment office for more information.

Financial Aid
Both full-time and part-time students may qualify to receive financial aid, no age restrictions apply. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online, by phone at 800-433-3243, or see a counselor at the ECC Financial Aid Office.

Scholarships & Tuition Waivers
ECC also offers tuition assistance for college courses for those who qualify.

Student Loans
Loans are available for students and/or parents. This type of funding must be repaid according to the terms specified by the loan program.

Veterans Services at ECC


Our team is happy to provide supportive services and assistance to qualifying veterans.

Veterans Services
Use veterans' benefits and services for ECC classes. Contact the Veterans Services Office at 847-214-7531 for more information.

ECC offers veterans with resources.

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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