Resources for the Unemployed

ECC offers several programs and services to assist individuals who are currently unemployed. Scholarships, financial aid, workshops, short-term job training opportunities, and supportive services are just a few of the services available. Begin your journey today by contacting the program coordinator. Career services are available to Cook County residents living in Bartlett, Streamwood, Hanover Park, and Elgin through ECC.

Short-Term Training Opportunities

Illinois Workforce Development Systems (IWDS) 
IWDS provides a state listing of WIA (Workforce Investment Act) certified training programs.

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.

Employment Services

Illinois WorkNet Center 
A place to access quality services provided through a network of organizations designed to meet the workforce needs of the business, job seekers, and the community.

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

Financial Assistance

Financial Aid & Scholarships
Both full-time and part-time students may qualify to receive financial aid, and no age restrictions apply.

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.

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) 
Online, by phone at 800-433-3243, or see a counselor at the ECC Financial Aid Office.

Supportive & Career Services

Academic & Transfer Advising
Whether you need academic, educational success, or personal/social advising, the advisors at ECC are here to assist you.

Adult Basic Education
Free ECC classes (for eligible students) in reading, writing, math, computers, U.S. Constitution, GED in English or Spanish, English as a second language, and citizenship instruction.

Career Development Services
Whether you’re looking for a part-time job to support your classroom experience and get first-hand knowledge about your major and career, or you want to acquire the skills you need to get a full-time professional position, ECC's Career Development Office is here to help.

Special Programs at ECC

These services are available to provide supportive services and assistance to qualifying students.

Age 50+ Programs
These programs focus on helping you get quickly re-trained for new jobs and back into the workforce by offering services specifically designed to make your journey easier and more effective. Programs include:

  • Back to Work 50+ with AARP Foundation

Veterans Services
Use veterans benefits and services for ECC classes. Call 847-214-7531.

Workforce Development & Continuing Education
Supportive services, workshops, resume review, and job search assistance for community members.

Other Community Resources