Workforce Development

Workforce Development

Families and individuals can acquire the education and skills needed to gain employment, advance professionally and contribute to the economic growth of their communities through the following QCUL programs:

 NICOR GAS CAREER ACADEMY Nicor Gas, Quad County Urban League, and NPL are conducting a six-week, unpaid job-readiness program to prepare you for entry-level work in the utility industry. The first session runs from August 20 – September 28, 2018, and is limited to 15 participants so APPLY NOW!  Become a utility field worker or customer care specialist are just two of the career tracks to choose from.

SOLAR ENERGY AND JOBS TRAINING PROGRAM is a 48-hour training program which utilizes classroom training and hands-on lab activities to prepare students for work in the solar industry. This certificate program establishes entry-level competency and appeals to employers in the renewable energy field. Coursework helps students work toward various industry credentials, including those through the North American Board of Energy Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP).

UPS PLANT ENGINEERING MECHANIC TRAINING PROGRAM  UPS Plant Engineering (PE) mechanics are vital to ensuring that UPS customers receive exceptional service. Plant Engineering mechanics help to advance packages through the network by maintaining the hub machinery and equipment. A high degree of technical competence is essential to being a mechanic. These skills can be acquired through training programs offered by community college partners. PE management offers monthly seminars in the CACH Education Center designed to equip the trainee with a knowledge of industry-specific systems.

CONSTRUCT is a 9-week training program that addresses basic skills in math and English, as well as, fundamental construction skills, general work readiness, and financial management in the context of preparing for careers in the construction or utility sectors. This program is offered once per year and is sponsored by ComEd and 22 other industry partners. Enrollment begins in October. Classes begin in March. Call 630.851.2203 for more information and enrollment dates.

COMPUTER INSTRUCTION/ TRAINING offers free basic computer classes and free Internet access. Classes are offered twice during the day. Please email for class times and to register. NOTE: Public Access Lab Hours are Monday through Thursday from 3 to 5:30 pm and Friday from 3 to 4:30 pm. QCUL is an authorized Certiport Testing Center. Learn more at

EMPLOYMENT ASSISTANCE AND REFERRAL/IL WORKNET CENTER offers employment referrals, on-site evaluations, and case management services to the employed, under-employed and unemployed. The program assists individuals in skill assessment, job training and placement, resume development, interview tactics, and career counseling. Workplace ethics training is also available. Workshops and seminars are held regularly for career exploration and employability skill development.

Email to schedule an appointment to review job openings and/or for help finding a job.

OFFENDER COMMUNITY SERVICES QCUL works with individuals who struggle with the challenges associated with an ex-offender status; providing ex-offenders with an opportunity for unpaid work as a special condition of probation or supervised release. QCUL develops essential employability skills with a focus on career readiness on a rolling calendar schedule with flexible work hours.

YOUTH EQUIPPED TO SUCCEED (formerly youth employment services) – Y.E.S. helps in-school and out-of-school youth, ages 16 to 24, return to school to obtain a high school diploma or a GED, gain work readiness skills, explore careers which may include paid or unpaid work experience or internships, begin a career pathway, complete occupational skills training, transition to post-secondary education and/or place them in a job relevant to their occupational skills to establish access to a career ladder. Y.E.S. is a Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) program.