Workforce Development


Mchenry County Community College

McHenry County College provides customized on-site training, grant assistance, can help you find employees and rent you a place to hold your conference. Its workforce development programs for individuals and organizations include:




Elgin Community College's Workforce Development Department has an Integrated Career & Academic Preparation System (ICAPS) Program. ICAPS enables a student to earn a certificate in welding, CNC, HVACR, while also working to earn a high school equivalency or improve English language skills, reading or math.

ECC’s Continuing Education Department offers a wide variety of popular, high quality non-credit classes including ACT test preparation, food safety, forklift training, career courses, and convenient online courses.


  • Computer Skills
  • Environmental and Safety
  • Professional Development
  • Lean Processes
  • Quality
  • Technical Skills
  • Workplace English as a Second Language
  • Workplace Spanish


Administrative Office Assistant
Computer Integrated Manufacturing-VS
Human Services Generalist
Machine Tool Operations
Mold Making
Sheet Metal Mechanics
Supervisory & Administrative Management
Truck Driving Owner/Operator
Arc Welding
Computer Office Assistant
Data Entry Office Assistant
Tool and Die Making

McHenry County Workforce Network

Located across from the Government Center at 500 Russel Court in Woodstock, McHenry County Workforce Network has a variety of programs and services for employers and job seekers seeking assistance in meeting the challenges of today's job market. The MCWN is an affiliate of Illinois workNet, which is a consolidated effort to provide a one-stop system for employment related services in McHenry County and part of a nation-wide, grant-funded system. 

Our vision for the future is to create a skilled workforce in McHenry County that will help our community achieve economic prosperity. This vision is becoming a reality through the development and delivery of market-driven training and services that meet and exceed our customer's expectations. Our mission for today is to provide employment opportunities, training and related services that are responsive to the needs of the people and employers within McHenry County. 
McHenry County Workforce Network is supported by the Workforce Investment Board WIB. For more information about the WIB or to find out how to become a member, go to the WIB home page


Kane County Workforce Development Division

The Workforce Development Division administers a comprehensive range of workforce development services, including employment and occupational skills training programs/services for job seekers, through partnerships with local businesses and training institutions to improve the quality of the local workforce and allow businesses to access skilled candidates in order to meet local needs.

To learn more about the business services we offer, please e-mail Mary Yapejia, Business Services Manager, 630-966-1435 ext. 40086. (Please note that some of the services listed below carry application requirements and are subject to review/approval either locally or by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. They are provided on a first-come, first-served basis, and dependent on the availability of funding.)

Find and Hire Candidates

Free Job Posting service allows you to distribute and advertise your employment opportunities to local job seekers through various online resources and community-based partnerships at no charge, and with no hiring fee.

No Cost Recruitment provides you access to a pool of motivated and skilled candidates representing a wide variety of skills and industry backgrounds, ranging from business professionals and managers to technical trades. Having candidates readily available for hire, we are able to quickly screen and refer qualified applicants saving you time and money in your recruitment efforts.

Free Recruitment Events can be organized, promoted and hosted free of charge on your behalf at our workNet Centers in Elgin and North Aurora to meet face-to-face with interested job seekers.


On the Job Training provides funding to offset your internal training costs when making a new hire. You design and implement the specific hands-on training; we supply a 50% wage reimbursement for up to the first 6 months of employment for eligible hires. Candidate recruitment and screening is also available to identify eligible candidates.

Manufacturing Careers Internship Program provides young adults ages 18-21 an opportunity to explore careers in manufacturing through a paid work experience and offers employers an opportunity to find and hire for entry-level positions. Employers can participate by hosting an intern for 6-8 weeks at no cost and with no commitment to hire.

Customized Training offers businesses (including a group of businesses) the ability to design new hire training to meet the special requirements/needs of the participating businesses; we supply funding to help offset 50% of the cost of training.

Incumbent Worker Training helps employers develop and implement training programs for current employees who need new or upgraded skills in order to retain employment. Based on the size of the company, up to 90% of the training costs can be reimbursed