OUR MISSION

Youth Services at the DuPage County Workforce Development Division is the County’s lead agency for youth employment programs. We provide eligible young adults ages 17 to 24 with free career and employment services to help them start a career with a future.

Make your way here.

Get an internship.

Get funded to go to school.

Discover your passion.

Launch your career.

GET STARTED TODAY

Text MYWAY to 630.857.0842

THE PROGRAM

Make Your Way (MyWAY)

Two tracks, one outcome: Launching careers.

You make your way. You select the path that is best for you.

GO TO SCHOOL

Funding for Training or School

Possible scholarship assistance
(up to $10,000)

We pay for you to get training or go to school, so you can get the skills you need to succeed.

Here are some examples of training programs:
  • Dental assistant
  • Veterinary assistant
  • Information technology (CompTIA A+, Cisco Certified Network Associate, Web Technician)
  • Healthcare (Certified Nursing Assistant, Phlebotomy, EKG Technician, Patient Care Technician)
  • Commercial Driver’s License (CDL)
  • Automotive Technology
  • And more…

Find all approved training programs at www.illinoisworknet.com

PAID WORK EXPERIENCE

Internships

On-the-Job Training

Start your career in a high-demand occupation.

This pathway focuses on career exploration. You'll get paid while you learn about career options, and you may go on tours to see what the work environments are actually like. Then, you can land a paid internship at a local company. Once the internship is complete, participants receive job placement and follow-up services.

WATCH THE REPLAY

Taking Advantage of Opportunities 

A Career Conversation for Young Adults Ages 17-24
Discover career pathways, internships, funding for school and job training, plus much more!

WATCH THE REPLAY

Taking Advantage of Opportunities 

A Career Conversation for Young Adults Ages 17-24
Discover career pathways, internships, funding for school and job training, plus much more!

GET STARTED TODAY

Text MYWAY to 630.857.0842

In just weeks, Marquel earned his CDL and found a rewarding job.

Marquel earned his Commercial Driver's License (CDL) at the College of DuPage and quickly gained employment. Listen to him tell his own story here.

 

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Text MYWAY to 630.857.0842

Marquel Makes His Way

Here’s how the program helped these young adults:

Edward Wolford completed his CDL training through a 5-week certificate program at College of DuPage and is now gainfully employed. He says, “workNet gave me the opportunity to get a better paying job.”

Edward Wolford
MyWay 2018 Participant
Completed CDL Training at College of DuPage
Hired at J. Rojas Trucking Company

WorkNet DuPage gave me the extra push in the right direction that I needed to be more productive. The staff is very helpful and supportive, and they’ve shown that they care about my success just as much as I do. If you put forth your best effort, workNet DuPage will pay you back in kind with the skills you need. Career building with a smile!

Ryan Kobler
MyWay 2018 Participant
Interned at Orbus
Hired at Orbus

Net, a native of Vietnam, arrived in the United States in 2011 speaking very little English. The power of community support and funding for training paved the path for Net to embark on a career in the health care industry. Thanks to financing from workNet DuPage and hard work on Net’s part, she completed training as a Patient Care Technician (PCT) and secured a job at the Glen Oak Hospital in Glendale Heights. With a credential and job in hand, Net is motivated to advance her career and ultimately become an RN (nurse). She’s already attending College of DuPage for pre-requisite classes.

Net N.
MyWay 2018 Participant
Completed Patient Care Technician (PCT) Training
Hired at Glen Oak Hospital in Glendale Heights

Rachel loves animals, and becoming a vet tech is number one on her list of career goals. Making her way through workNet DuPage’s MyWay program for young adults, Rachel took the first step on her professional journey when she secured a paid internship at an Aurora-based veterinary clinic. This hands-on experience is more than on-the-job training; it allows Rachel to make informed decisions moving forward in her career and sets her up for future success.

Rachel
My Way 2019 Participant
Interning at Aurora-based veterinary clinic

A star wrestler, Cameron likes working with his hands. That’s why an interactive training program at the Chicago Professional Center to become an HVAC mechanic was a perfect fit for his learning style. Cameron didn’t let a stated job requirement of 1-2 years experience stop him from applying. With wisdom beyond his years, he said he just went for it. His can-do attitude and follow-up after the interview impressed the company. He is now an HVAC technician at AMITA Health—earning nearly double the living wage in DuPage County.

Cameron
My Way 2019 Participant
Enrolled in HVAC Technician certification at Chicago Professional Center
HIRED AT AMITA Health

Joseph selected the employment track and after a few months into an internship at a local manufacturing company, the business brought him on as a permanent employee. He has already tested over 1,000 body and cab parts for their durability and gained valuable experience. Joseph enjoys working on machines and is eager to learn more in his new role.

Joseph Geever
MyWay 2018 Participant
Interned at a manufacturing company
Hired at same manufacturing company

WATCH our Job Readiness Training playlist

Head over to our YouTube channel to watch our Young Adult Job Readiness playlist. Get ready to launch your career with great resume advice, interviewing tips and more.

Fill out a quick form and we will reach out to continue the process.

No matter which track you pursue, you receive:

Career Assistance

You’ll work one-on-one with a career counselor, to explore career options and find out what jobs are right for you, and the best way for you to get on track to success.

Resume Creation and Job Interview Training

To get a good job you need a good resume and strong interview skills - we help you with both!

All paths point to employment.

Permanent Job Placement Assistance

Upon completion, whether you chose the individual training or paid work experience track, we provide you with the support and assistance you need to get a permanent job.

Services for Young Adults with Disabilities

We can help you navigate your future by providing any of the above services, plus additional individualized supportive services.