Job Search Help at ECC

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Navigating today's job market is tough but you don't have to do it alone.

Elgin Community College offers several programs and services to help area residents who are unemployed, underemployed, or want a career transition. Programs include workshops designed to teach you the skills you need to apply for jobs in today’s market, including networking, job search skills help, and training assistance to upskill and market yourself as candidates employers are looking to hire.

Services specifically designed to make your journey more accessible and effective, including: 

  • Knowledge of how to conduct an effective search
  • Learn networking strategies and the latest tools, such as LinkedIn
  • One-on-one coaching to align your needs to your job search
  • Create a great resume, cover letter, and personal marketing tools
  • Support to help you interview like a pro
  • Help boost your confidence before interviews
  • Referrals to programs and training that fit your career goals

Community-Based Employment Services

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

  • Bartlett Job Training
  • Elgin Job Training
  • Hanover Park Job Training
  • St. Charles Job Training
  • Streamwood Job Training

Training for Your Next Job


The Workforce Development Department at ECC helps you 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. The department also offers computer skills workshops and short-term programs to obtain job certification.

  • ECC Credit Programs - Certificates and degrees designed to prepare students for immediate employment
  • ECC Continuing Education Programs - Specialized skills training
  • Illinois Workforce Development Systems (IWDS) - See a state listing of WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act) certified training programs.

Financing Your Education


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.

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, phone 800-433-3243, or see a counselor at the ECC Financial Aid Office.

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

About Workforce Development Career Transition Services

By assisting career changers and job seekers, ECC supports the economic health of our communities. In 2020-128 individuals found employment which translated to $6.9 million in annualized salaries. As of January 2021, 16 individuals found jobs, putting $1 million in earnings into the community.