WorkNet DuPage, the County’s Workforce Development Division, is bringing its “Skill Up DuPage” initiative to locations throughout the community so that residents can connect with the tools they need to start or restart a great career. The presentations deliver information on how eligible individuals can access federal training scholarships of up to $10,000, as well as numerous other free resources that workNet DuPage can provide for a successful job search.

In partnership with DuPage’s local libraries, upcoming events will be held in Glendale Heights on Oct. 12, Carol Stream on Oct. 26, Wheaton on Nov. 1, and Darien on Dec. 7. WorkNet DuPage also hosts a monthly in-person Skill Up DuPage session at its Career Center in Lisle, as well as a virtual option once a month. Participants can apply for career services on the spot.

“Our team at workNet is thrilled to develop strong partnerships with communities throughout the County which allow them to boost awareness of employment resources,” said DuPage County Economic Development Committee Vice Chairwoman Ashley Selmon. “We know workNet DuPage’s career planning, training scholarships, and employment services have a tremendous impact on people’s lives, and we want to ensure everyone knows what’s available.”

Skill Up DuPage information sessions detail how residents can:

  • TEAM UP with a personal career coach
  • LEVEL UP careers with FREE career planning
  • STEP UP earning potential with professional job search assistance
  • SKILL UP with training up to $10,000 per eligible individual. Grants can cover the cost of career-oriented training such as IT and digital marketing certifications, truck driving licenses, advanced manufacturing or welding programs, College of DuPage certificates, and more.

Events have already taken place in West Chicago, Addison, and Naperville. Attendees have included workers affected by recent IT and marketing layoffs, return-to-work parents, English Language Learners, older workers, young adults, and career changers.

Residents are invited to register for an upcoming Skill Up DuPage session here: