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. Services & Resources for the Unemployed - PDF

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.

Workforce Development Department at ECC
Take advantage of many free programs and services available to youth and adults who qualify. Services include workshops to help with résumé review, career changes, employer expectations, and basic job search skill improvements. The department also offers personalized one-on-one advising, computer skills training and short-term programs to obtain job certification.  

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.

Elgin Illinois WorkNet Office
A place for younger workers to get help through services to receive a diploma, obtain a GED, or get a job. Address: 30 DuPage Court, Elgin Phone: 847-888-7900 

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. The school 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.

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

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.

Veterans Services at ECC


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

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