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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Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center (IMEC)

The Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center (IMEC) offers a diverse array of educational and workforce development resources. From workshops, events, blogs, whitepapers, and more. IMEC keeps your workforce up-to-date on the latest and greatest in manufacturing. Visit and browse their website to see how IMEC can help your firm today.


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.

National Safety Education Center at NIU
The National Safety Education Center (NSEC) at Northern Illinois University is one of 26 OSHA Training Institute Education Centers in the nation. These education centers are a national network of non-profit organizations authorized by OSHA to deliver occupational safety and health training to public and private sector workers, supervisors and employers. This consortium, which consists of Northern Illinois University and the Construction Safety Council, offers the best hands-on safety training with OSHA training locations in OSHA’s Region 5. Check out the course schedules.

Learn more about the current free, grant funded, mental health and suicide prevention courses available here.

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.

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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 works with the Kane County Office of Community Reinvestment to offer job skills training services through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).

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

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