Job Skills Training

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Going Back to Work with New Skills

Elgin Community College offers various ways to get the hands-on education you need to enhance your resume or get started in the workforce. Many of these programs are no charge and offer job skills training, one-on-one support, and academic resources such as tutoring designed to guide you through to graduation. ECC provides on-site childcare for parents and flexible class schedules to meet your needs if you can't go back to work due to childcare or other obligations.

Apprenticeship Program


Apprentices learn while earning! Begin building your future with a paid, structured on-the-job training while completing your certificate or degree here at ECC. Be different—graduate with no college debt.

Apply for Apprenticeships

Future Workforce Leaders Program


Learn about various career pathways and work on completing your high school equivalency certificate, an occupational training certificate, or gain valuable work experience in a chosen field. 

Apply for Future Workforce Leaders

Integrated Career & Academic Preparation System


Earn a vocational certificate in one year. ICAPS enables students to earn a certificate while also earning a high school equivalency or improving English language skills, reading, or math. It’s a great way to get back to work after a long break with marketable skills and a structured program that offers dedicated assistance from the program's start to graduating and finding a job—through a no-cost program with proven results. 

Contact an ICAPS Support Specialist

Student Employment Program


Working on campus is a great way to add skills to a resume, be a vital part of ECC’s operations, and gain work experience in a chosen field. ECC offers on-campus roles across a range of experience levels.

Student Employment

Apply for Transitions Bridge Classes


If you are enrolled in a high school equivalency or ESL program, ECC offers the opportunity to learn about different careers, including Early Childhood Education, Healthcare, Industrial Arts. These industries often have a high demand for skilled, credentialed workers. This program supports you through personalized coaching from our transitions coordinator to discuss academic and career plans.

Apply for Transitions Bridge Program

TRiO Student Support


The ECC TRiO programs serve and assist low-income individuals, first-generation college students, and individuals with disabilities to succeed in school, starting with middle school and through to postsecondary programs. 

Apply for TRiO student support services

Veterans Services


Whether starting college for the first time or re-entering college, ECC welcomes veterans home to a great college experience. Expect personalized attention to help you select a program of study which incorporates the skills you learned in the military with work in a field you enjoy.

Veteran Services