Workforce Equity Initiative

Free Job Training for Eligible Students

Ready for a New Career?

A photo of an African-American Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) in an ambulance with his hand on the shoulder of a patient.Get fast, free training that leads to employment in high-demand jobs in healthcare, truck driving or real estate.

You’ll receive a $1000 stipend and support services like child care referrals and career coaching.

The purpose of the Workforce Equity Initiative is to accelerate the time to enter and succeed in post-secondary education/training programs that lead to employment in high-skilled, high-wage, and in-demand occupations with special consideration to Black, African-American, unemployed, and/or underemployed residents from identified zip codes. 

Basic Requirements

  • You must be a resident of one of the following zip codes: 60201, 60202, 60076, 60077, 60016, 60714


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On-demand information session video

  1. View our on-demand information session video
  2. Complete our online WEI Application. 
  3. Meet with a WEI Representative to verify eligibility
  4. Enroll in your program of choice (spots are limited)

About the Workforce Equity Initiative

An African-American Pharmacy Technician holds an iPad while looking at medication in what looks to be a pharmacy.

The Workforce Equity Initiative (WEI) is a grant program sponsored by the Illinois Community College Board (ICCB). The primary deliverable of this grant is employment after completion of the credential aligned with regional workforce gaps that provides a full-time job paying at least 30 percent above the regional living wage or is on a pathway to a family sustaining wage.


What if I don't live in one of the required zip codes?

The zip codes are a requirement per the grant, but still reach out as there may be other initiatives and opportunities for you to leverage.


How long are the programs?

All programs can be completed in a semester or less.