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.

We can help point you in the right direction with strategies that help you compete for the job you want. Elgin Community College offers several programs and services to assist individuals in our community who are unemployed or underemployed. Programs include workshops, networking activities, job search skills help, training assistance, classes, and more.

Programs for Adult Job Seekers

Services program is dedicated to supporting adult job seekers in the community. Make your job search easier and more successful with programs and tools to get you back in the workforce. You can find services specifically designed to make your journey easier and more effective.

Navigating today’s job market is tough. We can help point you in the right direction with strategies that help you compete for the job you want.

  • Get the tools you need to update your resume and other personal marketing tools, target your job search, and get job leads.
  • Learn networking strategies and the latest tools, plus one-on-one coaching to help you throughout the process until you find your next job.

Our programs for Adult Job Seekers include:

  • Workshops designed to teach you the skills you need to apply for jobs in today’s market.
  • Resume assistance.
  • Career networking group.
  • One-on-one coaching until you find a job.

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. Find local unemployment office information.

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

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

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

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

About Workforce Development Career Transition Services

By assisting career changers and job seekers, ECC supports the economic health of our communities. In 2018, 68 individuals found employment with workforce development, which translated to $2.4 million in annualized salaries. As of October 2019, 85 individuals found jobs, putting over $3.5 million in earnings into the community.