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Gain the professional skills necessary to start or advance your career

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

  • Knowledge of how to conduct an effective job search.
  • Learn networking strategies and the latest tools.
  • One-on-one coaching to align your needs to your job search with those who qualify.
  • Create a great resume and cover letter.
  • Support to help you interview.
  • Help boost your confidence before interviews.
  • Referrals to programs and training that fit your career goals or training.

Community-Based Employment Services

Workforce Development provides workshops on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month. To sign up for a session, complete the inquiry form below.

Resume and Job Search Inquiry Form

The Workforce Development Department at ECC has many free programs and services available to qualified youth and adults. 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.

Financing Your Education

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

  • The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) may fund job training programs/classes for qualified unemployed individuals.

  • 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.

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