What is an American Job Center?

American Job Centers are designed to provide a full range of assistance to job seekers under one roof. Established under the Workforce Investment Act, and reauthorized in the Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act of 2014, the centers offer training referrals, career counseling, job listings, and similar employment-related services. Customers can visit a center in person or connect to the center’s information online.

The American Job Center in Wheeling (serving North and Northwest Suburbs) is one of over 3,000 federally funded American Job Centers in the nation, providing services for both job seekers and employers. Funding for this program is made possible through a grant provided by the Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership.

Our extensive network of private and public support programs help job-seekers overcome barriers/challenges of gaining employment in Illinois.

Providing eligible individuals with funding to go to school or attend a job training program, get resume, cover letter and interviewing assistance, explore career pathways, job search assistance, and more.

Our professionals offer businesses leading-edge services and workforce solutions for recruitment, training, networking, market analysis and more …in most cases at no cost.

Our agency is an equal opportunity employer/program. Auxiliary aids and services are
available upon request to individuals with disabilities.​

Funding for this program is made possible through a grant provided by the Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership. This workforce product was funded by a grant awarded by the
U.S. Department of Labor and Employment and Training Administration. For more information, please visit ChiCookWorks.org/DOL-Funding.

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Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership

Created in 2012, The Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership (The Partnership) is an umbrella organization operating the public workforce system in the City of Chicago and Cook County.

The Partnership combines federal and philanthropic resources to broaden the reach and impact of workforce development services for both employers and job seekers.

Our Partners


Business and Career Services Inc

Business and Career Services, Inc. (BCS) a certified 501(c)3 non-profit organization serves as an entry point to an extensive network of public and private support programs. Provides comprehensive employment, business solutions and support services to employers and job seekers. Features a nationally recognized manufacturing program, Manufacturing Careers Internship Program (MCIP) and Edge Power Employment Workshops.



Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES)

Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) is your direct link to Illinois employment services: job placement and referrals, unemployment insurance, employment and training programs, career and labor market information, payroll tax filing, and more.


Illinois Division of Rehabilitation Services (DRS)

Empowering people with disabilities through vocational rehabilitation services: The Illinois Department of Human Services’ Division of Rehabilitation Services (DHS/DRS) is the state’s lead agency serving persons with disabilities. We assist people with disabilities in preparing for, finding, and maintaining quality employment that pays a living wage and offers opportunities for advancement. Our staff work closely with state, regional, and local employers, offering individualized placement services that bring employers and qualified employees together.


Illinois Department of Human Services (DHS)

Illinois Department of Human Services (DHS) helps Illinois families achieve self-sufficiency, independence, and health to the maximum extent possible. DHS improves the quality of life for thousands of Illinois families through services such as community health and prevention programs, assistance for people with mental illness, financial support and family services.


Harper College

Harper College is one of the nation’s premier community colleges in Chicago’s northwest suburbs. At Harper, you have access to thousands of learning opportunities to help you learn English, earn your high school equivalency or prepare for a rewarding career.


Township High School District 211

Township High School District 211 is the largest high school district in the state with nearly 12,000 students in its five high schools and two alternative high schools. High School District 211 is located about 25 miles northwest of Chicago and serves the communities of Hoffman Estates, Inverness, Palatine, and Schaumburg, and parts of Arlington Heights, Elk Grove Village, Hanover Park, Rolling Meadows, Roselle, Streamwood, and South Barrington.


Oakton Community College

Oakton Community College offers Adult Education courses (ESL, Literacy, HSE [GED]) as well as Continuing Education courses in business, career and certification training, continuing education for health professionals (CEHP), computer courses, exercise and fitness, healthy living topics, home and garden, language classes, as well as online classes. Oakton also has many WIOA approved programs available for eligible students.


District 214

Our primary mission is to help all students learn the skills, acquire the knowledge, and develop the behaviors necessary for them to reach their full potential as citizens who can meet the challenges of a changing society. Our secondary mission is to provide residents with opportunities for lifelong learning.


Elgin Community College

Elgin Community College’s mission is “To improve people’s lives through learning.” ECC is a nationally recognized institution that offers over 130 degree and certificate options featuring dozens of transfer agreements with top four-year institutions, as well as career and technical programs to prepare students for immediate employment in rewarding careers. ECC’s 145-acre Spartan Drive Campus features smart classrooms; facilities and equipment that mirror what is in use in the workforce; a vibrant and engaging campus experience; and support services that help students succeed.



CEDA offers a variety of programs and services in the areas of community and economic development, education, emergency assistance, employment and training, energy conservation and services, health and nutrition, and housing.


Northwest Compass

Northwest Compass is a 501 (C) 3 nonprofit organization that has provided programs to anyone who is facing personal, economic and housing instability in the northwest suburbs of Chicago in Cook County. Its mission has been to enhance the community by providing emergency services, education, and empowerment which foster personal responsibility for those that are vulnerable or in crisis. The programs strive to positively impact the lives of our clients and are in three major categories — Stabilization, Empowerment and Housing.



JCFS Chicago, a non-profit social service agency, offers expert, individualized help to support people of all ages and abilities as they strive to live successfully in their community. Through our family of services, the Duman Opportunity Center helps people with disabilities find and maintain meaningful employment through high-quality, customized services and streamlined supports, such as job readiness training, placement assistance, retention strategies, and job coaching.

Our Office
American Job Center in Wheeling
1400 South Wolf Road - Building 200 Suite 200
Wheeling, IL 60090

Monday – Friday:  8:30AM – 5:00PM

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The American Job Center in Wheeling is an equal opportunity employer/program. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.

This workforce product was funded by a grant awarded by the US Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration. The product was created by the recipient and does not necessarily reflect the official position of the U.S. Department of Labor. The Department of Labor makes no guarantees, warranties, or assurances of any kind, express or implied, with respect to such information, including any information on linked sites and including, but not limited to, accuracy of the information or its completeness, timeliness, usefulness, adequacy, continued availability, or ownership. This product is copyrighted by the institution that created it.

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