Workforce Development

Workforce Development at Joliet Junior College is committed to encouraging local economic development by cultivating partnerships to provide comprehensive services to the Will and Grundy County workforce.

Free Career Information with Career Coach

Career Coach is designed to help you find a good career by providing the most current local data on wages, employment, job postings, and associated education and training.

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Free Career Scholarships for Youth

The Connect to Your Future program is open to youth ages 18-24 who have earned their high school diploma or GED and meet income eligibility guidelines. Connect to Your Future program provides occupational training in high growth-high demand occupations in Will County.

Services include:

  • FREE occupational skills training, career assessments, one-on-one and small group mentoring and academic advising, work readiness workshops, and placement into employment.
  • Career Scholarships are available to Will County residents who meet Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) eligibility guidelines
  • For more information click call Keri Peter at 815-280-1416 or email
  • Assessments

    Paraprofessionals (Teacher's Assistant)

    WorkKeys® Proficiency Certificate for Teacher Assistants for paraprofessional certification to fulfill the Illinois State Board of Education and federal "No Child Left Behind" requirements. The three WorkKeys® Assessments that are required for the Paraprofessional certificate are: Reading for Information and Applied Mathematics.

    The following scores are required on the tests:

    • Reading for Information - 4, measures the skill individuals use then they read and use written text in order to do a job.
    • Applied Mathematics - 4, measure the skill individuals use when they apply mathematical reasoning, critical thinking, and problem-solving techniques to work-related problems.


    Individuals looking for more information on the Paraprofessional Certificate can visit the Illinois State Board of Education web site, or contact directly:

    Will County:
    Lynn Svetlecich
    (815) 280-1526

    Grundy County:
    Griselda Martinez
    (815) 280-6822


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    Castle Worldwide Testing Center

    Joliet: (815) 280-1526

    Morris: (815) 942-0566

    Workforce Development is a testing facility for Castle Worldwide. Castle administers professional certifications and licensing exams for a wide variety of professional associations and government agencies. Many of the exams are related to healthcare, business, safety, and design. View a list of available exams.

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    Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® Assessment (MBTI)

    $40 (assessment only)/ $75 (one-on-one session)

    The MBTI will identify personality strengths and unique talents. It will help you better understand yourself, your motivations, and your potential areas for growth and career options, as well as how you interact with others.

    For more information or to sign up to take the assessment contact (815) 280-1526 or email

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    Strong Interest Inventory® Assessment

    $25 (assessment only)/ $75 (one-on-one session)

    The Strong helps you better understand your interests and match those interests with work, career options or leisure activities. You will discover your interests, preferences, and personal style – exactly the information you need to select a major or choose a career you can be passionate about.

    For more information or to sign up to take the assessment contact (815) 280-1526 or email

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    StrengthsQuest™ Assessment

    $25 (assessment only)/ $75 (one-on-one session)

    StrengthsQuest can help you thrive in your academic career by showing you how you can leverage your talents to approach your coursework through a focus on what you naturally do well. It provides valuable information about who you are and gives you clues to the type of work environment in which you are most likely to thrive.

    For more information or to sign up to take the assessment contact (815) 280-1526 or email

  • Programs & Services