Workforce Development

The Office of Corporate Education offers funding assistance for participants and employers to be able to use our employment training programs and services to train and/or re-train to obtain and retain employment.

Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)

WIOA Approved Courses and Programs – The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) helps many individuals obtain new job skills and training to make them more employable. If you meet the eligibility requirements and funding is available, WIOA may help pay for your tuition, books, and other fees associated with college courses. Courses that qualify are noted as WIOA after the course titles. For more information on WIOA, contact the Job Training Center at South Suburban College at (708) 596-2000 ext.5764.

Workplace Skills Enhancement Grant Program

Grant funding is available through the Adult Education Department to help cover costs of implementing Workplace Foundational Skills, English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL), and High School Equivalency programs.

The Illinois State Library (ISL), a division of the Office of the Secretary of State; using state funds designated for literacy, award Workplace Skills Enhancement grants to Illinois businesses that partner with adult educational providers. These grant funds are used to upgrade employees’ skills that are needed to efficiently and competently perform required job tasks.

The training provided includes workplace math, reading, writing, and oral communication which can also be part of a High School Equivalency Certificate (GED) preparatory program. English as a Second Language (ESL) is also offered as part of English language skills. Classes are conveniently held on-site for employees at their company location.

South Suburban College has experience helping companies obtain these grants and assistance is provided in completing applications as well as planning and implementing a workplace skills training program. For additional information in developing a Workplace Skills Enhancement program at your business, contact David Stephens, Adult Literacy Grants Manager, at (708) 596-2000, ext. 2558.