Workforce Equity Initiative

This initiative focuses on developing our area’s workforce by providing participants with a credential and a living wage. It addresses high demand-careers and targets low-income individuals, those living in high crime and high poverty areas, unemployed individuals and minorities.

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Computer Numerical Control (CNC)

Almost every object you see in the world, from a desk to a car engine to the wings of an airplane, contains parts created by a machinist. Like a sculptor, a machinist uses high-tech cutting machines to shape metal, plastic, ceramic, composites, and wood into something new.

As a CNC Machine Operator, you will enjoy a long-term career with a good salary, job advancement opportunities, and a career working with your hands and cutting-edge technology. The ICC Earn and Learn programs offer both credit and non-credit certifications in this field.

The average annual salary for CNC Machinists is $34,694.40. The entry-level annual salary is $29,265.60.

HVAC Residential Installer

The Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) Residential Installer certificate program will provide students with the knowledge and skills to understand and follow the manufacturer’s specifications when installing basic residential heating and air conditioning equipment as well as the skills to complete the installation. Students will learn the theory of residential heating and cooling through lab experiences as well as lectures.

After completing the HVAC Residential Installer certificate, the graduate will be able to work as entry-level residential furnace and air conditioner installers.

HVAC Technician

The HVAC Technician certificate program will provide students with the knowledge and skills pertaining to the maintenance and repair of air conditioning systems as well as the following heating systems: natural gas, propane, electric, air source heat pumps, and geothermal heating systems. The Residential Installer certificate is required to enter this program. Students must complete the Academic Placement Test before admission into this program.

After completing this certificate, the graduate will be able to work as an entry-level HVAC technician or general facilities repair person.


Welding is a fabrication or sculptural process joining materials, usually metals or thermoplastics, using high heat to melt parts together and cooling with friction. As a welder, you will fabricate and assemble metal structures and equipment through the use of welders, cutters, shapers, and measuring tools. Welders produce metal products according to customer and employer specifications; repair and maintain metal equipment; and repair and maintain structures of various sizes. Instruction also includes learning how to read drawings and details of what needs to be created.

As a welder, you will enjoy a long-term career, job advancement opportunities, and a career working with your hands and cutting-edge technology.

The average annual salary for welders is $38,459.20. The entry-level annual salary is $33,800.00.


Truck Driving

ICC’s Truck Driver Certificate Training Program gets you ready for the long haul. This four-week course is developed for beginning drivers or those who have minimal commercial driving experience. Instruction includes, but is not limited to, Department of Transportation (DOT) rules and regulations; endorsement preparation; logbook protocol; map reading; trip planning; and complete training on an 18-wheeler. A majority of students who complete this program have immediate job offers with benefits that typically include medical, dental, vision, retirement, bonuses, and more.  Most truck drivers don’t have to consider relocating since drivers are dispatched from home.

At the end of this non-credit certificate program, you’ll take the Illinois Secretary of State’s Class A road test.

The average annual salary for truck drivers is $37,772.80. The entry-level annual salary is $30,139.20.

Information Technology (IT)

LAN Technician

The LAN Technician Certificate is designed to provide students with hands-on experience in entry-level technologies that focus on core routing and switching, computer hardware, and operating systems. Instruction includes, but is not limited to, networking standards; LAN protocols; cabling standards; IP addressing; and security.

This certificate is 18 credit hours, which participants can complete in approximately one semester at ICC before acquiring an entry-level job in information technology. The coursework is aligned to the CompTIA A+ and CompTIA Network+ industry certifications. LAN Tech certificate prepares participants for entry-level networking opportunities and is stackable with the Cisco AAS, Networking AAS, and other additional certifications.

The average annual salary for LAN technicians is $70,553.60. The entry-level annual salary is $55,806.40.

CompTIA A+

A CompTIA A+ certification is the basic level skill needed by today’s computer support professionals. Instruction includes, but is not limited to, hardware and peripherals; mobile device hardware; networking; troubleshooting hardware and network connectivity issues; installing a configuring operating system, such as Windows, iOS, Android, macOS and Linux; and learning about topics like security, cloud computing, and operational procedures.

This is a four-week course. Participants who complete the course are provided a voucher for the certification exam and practice exams.

The average annual salary for CompTIA A+ graduates is $42,889.60. The entry-level annual salary is $34,652.80.

Health Careers

Central Sterile Service Technician

The Central Sterile Service Technician plays a critical role in preventing infection by sterilizing, cleaning, processing, assembling, storing, and distributing medical supplies. The Central Sterile Service Technician program at ICC prepares competent entry-level technicians within the necessary cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains. This program provides students with the opportunity to develop the skills and knowledge necessary to gain employment as Central Sterile Service Technicians and become contributing members of the health care team.

Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)

As an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) you’ll be part of the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) system. The EMS system was designed to bring emergency medical care to patients in the field by traveling to where the care is needed.

Completion of the EMT Program can result in an EMT-B industry certification.

The average annual salary for EMTs is $27,622.40. The entry-level annual salary is $23,233.60.

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