Education & Workforce Development

DeKalb County affords numerous comprehensive workforce development services and has initiated career development programs to recruit and train workers for current and future jobs.

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***Current Courses/Development Opportunities***

For Immediate Release:

Kish – Veterinary Assistant program – July 23-December 22, 2023 – hybrid format


The Kishwaukee College’s Continuing Education department is offering the Veterinary Assistant program July 23-December 22, 2023, in a hybrid format.

The Veterinary Assistant program prepares students to work in an entry-level position in an animal hospital. It is a great way to explore a career in veterinary medicine before committing to a degree program. The program spans 20 weeks and includes an externship component.

Veterinary assistants play a crucial role in veterinary staff, providing support to veterinarians and veterinary technicians during medical procedures for sick and injured animals. They are also trained in examination techniques, customer relations, and veterinary hospital office procedures.

Lecture will be delivered online/live via Zoom on Tuesdays (3–6pm).

Labs will be conducted on Thursdays (5-8pm) at Ashton Animal Clinic in Ashton.

The cost of the class is $2,250 and includes textbook and all lab supplies, and coordination of the externship. Kishwaukee College also offers a payment plan option to assist students with managing the cost. Due to limited availability, interested individuals are encouraged to secure their spot early.

For detailed registration information and to learn more about the Veterinary Assistant program, please visit the Kishwaukee College website at:

Appliance Repair Technicians provide quality installation, repair and customer service. Appliance Repair Technicians are responsible for assisting clients with their appliance installation and repairs. The continued increase in appliance costs will likely continue to create demand for appliance repair technician professionals.

Kish’s Appliance Repair Technician program provides students with the technical knowledge and skills for employment as an appliance repair technician. Instruction includes a combination of classroom theory and practical, hands-on experience. The program will emphasize customer service, installation and proper troubleshooting skills for repairing appliances.

In our non-credit, short-term training appliance repair technician program, you will:

Train with industry professionals to learn best practices in the field
Gain the professional skills needed to function as an appliance repair technician
Prepare to become an appliance repair technician within one semester
June 5-Aug. 30
(5:30-9:00 pm on Mondays and Wednesdays)


B1275 (Mondays and Wednesdays)
Knodle’s Appliance Service, Inc. (Wednesdays)

CTS 709 1001

Sept. 11-Dec. 6
(5:30-9:00 pm on Mondays and Wednesdays)


B1275 (Mondays and Wednesdays)
Knodle’s Appliance Service, Inc. (Wednesdays)

CTR 709 3001

Details for Appliance Repair Technician



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DCEDC News & Media – Upcoming Events/Opportunities

DCEDC’s Business Retention/Expansion and Talent Pipeline Committee recently hosted a webinar on ‘Benefits beyond the paycheck’ – Exploring what matters most to employees.  As an organization, we have embraced the emerging national hiring challenges our businesses are realizing.  This webinar is the 2nd in a series we are planning, by offering local professional resources and solutions.  To see the webinar and the presentation materials, please click here!  Workforce Webinar Power Point Slides





Comcast RISE – Representation, Investment, Strength, and Empowerment – was created to help small businesses owned by people of color – including Black, Indigenous, Hispanic and Asian Americans –survive the pandemic and thrive in the future. In just one year since the program began, Comcast RISE has provided over $60 million in grants,  marketing, and technology services to more than 6,700 entrepreneurs nationally – nearly 550 in this region alone – and the program just expanded to include all women-owned small businesses.

Comcast RISE is part of Project UP, Comcast’s comprehensive initiative to advance digital equity and help provide underrepresented small businesses gain access to digital tools and funding. Over the next 10 years, Comcast has committed $1 billion to programs, like Comcast RISE, and partnerships designed to help an estimated 50 million people access the skills, opportunities, and resources they need to succeed in an increasingly digital world.

In its first year alone, Comcast RISE has provided over $60 million in grants, marketing, and technology services to support more than 6,700 small businesses owned by people of color in Comcast’s national footprint – including nearly 550 in the company’s Greater Chicago Region

With the expansion to all women-owned small businesses, the program is on track to support 13,000 businesses by the end of 2022.

Visit for more information or to apply for the chance to receive technology services from Comcast Business or marketing services from Effectv, Comcast’s advertising sales division.


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Northern Illinois University

Northern Illinois University (NIU) located in DeKalb, is a prominent economic engine in DeKalb County. NIU’s economic impact on the northern Illinois region is estimated to be $895 million. The university routinely partners with industry and national laboratories on cutting-edge research and product development.

NIU is also partnering on community development initiatives, including the STEAM Center with the City of DeKalb; enhancing arts, culture, and entertainment with DeKalb Arts Council; and innovation & entrepreneurship initiatives with #ProudlyDeKalb.

NIU Career Services
Career Services professionals actively guide students in securing internships and job placements with local businesses, and in enhancing their work experience through the Job PLUS Program.

NIU Quick Facts
NIU Regional Campuses
Colleges, Schools, & Departments

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Kishwaukee College



Kishwaukee College
(KC) is a two-year community college located approximately five miles west of DeKalb in Malta. KC offers five transfer degrees as well as occupational degrees and certificates. KC assists students with internships and job placement while providing businesses with a well-prepared and capable talent pool.

KC also operates the DeKalb Illinois workNet Center, located off-campus on Peace Road in DeKalb. It assists job seekers by providing valuable guidance in career changes, job searches, and reemployment, as well as enrollment in education and training classes. Check out this month’s Services and Activities!    

Kish is Helping Local Businesses Manage-Visit their website for offerings, to help the business community’s changing needs. Kishwaukee College Business Community Information

About Kishwaukee College
Academic Divisions
Career Technologies
Adult Education & Transition Programs

ComEd has a new Economic and Workforce Development website.


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Kishwaukee Education Consortium

The Kishwaukee Education Consortium (KEC), located on the KC Campus in Malta, offers career and technical classes to more than 450 junior and senior high students, with dual credit available for no charge to students in 17 different award-winning classes. Classes include Automated Engineering Technology, Building Trades, Computer Information Systems, Diesel Power, Mass Communications, and Welding.  Find KEC Programs HERE

Current KEC Partners include DeKalb CUSD #428, Genoa-Kingston CUSD #424, Hiawatha CUSD #426, Sycamore CUSD #427, Rochelle CUSD #231, Kishwaukee College, Northern Illinois UniversityRock Valley College, Waubonsee Community College


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Illinois SBDC at Waubonsee Community College

In partnership with Kishwaukee College

The Illinois Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network serves thousands of entrepreneurs, start-ups, and second-stage small businesses throughout Illinois every year. The services provided by Illinois SBDCs, SBDC International Trade Centers (ITC), and Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTAC) set the stage for personal and professional growth, which directly impacts our local economies for the better.

The SBDC at Waubonsee Community College is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration and the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.

Through the SBDC, small business owners, both prospective and existing, can obtain essential management, marketing, and financial coaching. We offer no-cost one-on-one coaching and a wide variety of low-cost events and workshops to help make your business a success.

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Illinois workNet Center

The Illinois workNet Center located in DeKalb provides job seeker and employer services in conjunction with Kishwaukee College. Jobseeker services include computer access, job search assistance, on-site job placement, and financial aid for training. Employer services include assistance with finding qualified candidates, pre-employment assessments, customized training, and on-the-job training programs that provide hands-on training with up to 50% reimbursement to employers for as long as six months of the wages.


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Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) provides access to resources and services for individuals looking to develop skills for successful employment and to employers in need of skilled workers. Additionally, WIOA provides better access to education and workforce services for those who may encounter employment obstacles, such as veterans, individuals with disabilities, out-of-school, or at-risk youth.

Kane/Kendall/DeKalb Workforce Development Services
DCEDC partners with the Kane/Kendall/DeKalb Workforce Development Board, whose board members are appointed by the participating County Board Chairmen. The Workforce Development Board assists and advises local elected officials regarding the use of Federal workforce development funds. The Board provides services to ready the workforce for employment through federally-funded programs under WIOA.

KC WIOA Youth Program
Kishwaukee College students, who are residents of DeKalb County, can potentially qualify for services under WIOA to support and assist them with their education and training if they meet the income and eligibility requirements.

U.S. Dept. of Labor WIOA website

WIOA  Approved Training Programs Search

Please see the attached flyer dedicated to the WIOA grant. For those who may not know, The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Grant (WIOA) is a federally funded grant geared towards assisting individuals with gaining the proper experience necessary to become skilled professionals in these days and times. Through this grant, we can support individuals 18 years of age and older with their educational goals, gaining career skills through career-focused workshops and funding. We provide funding for training up to $10,000  for covered programs. This grant comes at no cost outside of investing time in completing our multi-stage intake process. WIOA GRANT INFORMATION

The DeKalb Chamber of Commerce is offering weekly webinars.  Check out the website-

IMEC is offering a series of webinars of tools and procedures for this time of uncertainty-link to the IMEC webinars

Important Information for Our Manufacturers from IMEC


IMEC News-Outlast the Competition

IMEC Advances Manufacturing

NEW-Advanced Manufacturing Technology Services!


Manufacturing month may be over, but the march to ignite manufacturing careers in Illinois remains. Throughout October, manufacturers shared how the industry has impacted their lives, raised awareness of the many opportunities in manufacturing, and inspired the next generation of the workforce to join an indispensable industry.

Let IMEC be your trusted resource for all aspects of your business.  View the complete list of events on the IMEC Events Page, or scroll below to register.

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