workNet DuPage COVID-19 Resources
Following Governor Pritzker's "stay at home" order to fight COVID-19, workNet DuPage has closed its physical facility, but will continue to serve the public remotely. Visit worknetdupage.org to apply and find links to resources such as filing for unemployment insurance, food pantries, and emergency childcare.
Workforce Development Services
Workforce Development Services offer educational opportunities and support services focused on the needs of the unemployed and underemployed residents in the area as well as those seeking a career that requires specialized short-term training, and/or a college certificate or degree.
- Assistance in getting started at College of DuPage
- Information on Degree and Certificate programs
- Identifying the program of study that is right for you
- Application fee waiver with proof of unemployment
- Assistance with the WIOA training grant application process
- Career Assessment
- Information on aid and resources available to the unemployed and underemployed
- Career Counseling
- Referrals to other College of DuPage services
Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Grant
The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act is a federally funded program to assist unemployed and underemployed individuals in returning to the workforce. This program includes a variety of job search services including the WIOA training grant, which pays for individuals to receive vocational/occupational training to minimize skill gaps and increase marketability. To qualify for the grant applicants must meet eligibility and suitability criteria as determined by their local One-Stop Career Center. The local One-Stop for DuPage County is workNet DuPage Career Center located in Lisle. For further information please visit their website at www.worknetdupage.org. If you reside outside of DuPage county visit www.illinoisworknet.com to locate the Career Center nearest you.
College of DuPage is at WorkNet DuPage Career Center
College of DuPage employs a liaison to the workNet DuPage Career Center who is knowledgeable in the WIOA training grant process and approved College of DuPage programs. A Workforce Development Specialist can guide you through the process. For your convenience Workforce Development Services are located in the same building as workNet DuPage Career Center.
WIOA Approved Training Programs
To qualify for the WIOA training grant, the program of study must be WIOA approved. Programs are in high demand occupations with self-sufficient wages. College of DuPage offers over 150 WIOA approved degree and certificate programs. A comprehensive list can be found on the Illinois Workforce Development System website.
Examples of offered program areas include
- Health Care
- Computer and Information Technology
- Computer and Information Science
- Manufacturing Technology
- Office Technology Information
- Commercial Driver’s License
Adela Meitz, MS LCPC, Workforce Development and Student Resource Specialist
Workforce Development Services
2525 Cabot Drive, Suite 302
Lisle, Illinois 60532