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Chicago and Cook County Job Training Programs

Free and paid programs to start a steady career in the hospitality or supply chain industry.

Opportunities To Earn A Career You Deserve

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Unemployed? Underemployed? No high school diploma or GED? No matter your background or circumstances, we’re here to help you build the skills you need to land a career you can be proud of. 

Everyone deserves an opportunity to earn a living wage, and our free and paid job training programs give Chicago and Cook County residents the resources and support to do just that. 

Hospitality Job Training Program In Chicago and Cook County

Virtual and hands-on training.

Walk away with the confidence to provide great customer service or master a kitchen through our hospitality program.

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  • Introduction to the Hospitality Industry training, including food handling and customer services career paths
  • Kitchen safety and sanitation training
  • Specialized, professional certifications to start your career including ServSafe® Food Handler and ManageFirst Customer Service Certifications
  • Knife skills training
  • Barista training
  • Life skills and career counseling
  • Professional development and job placement assistance
  • Transportation assistance
  • 4-week paid training + completion bonus

Supply Chain Job Training Program in Chicago and Cook County

Hands-on training for an in-demand field.


Prepare for a career in the supply chain industry, including material handler, warehouse associate, shipping/receiving clerk, stocker/order picker or similar positions.

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  • Specialized, professional certifications to start your career, including:
    • OSHA 10
    • Class 3 Lift-Truck (issued by National Safety Council)
  • Life skills and career counseling services
  • Professional development and job placement assistance
  • Transportation assistance
  • 4-week paid training + completion bonus
Jose Rivera
Jose Rivera
supply chain program graduate

“I know I’m marketable now. It’s not about taking a $12 (an hour) job because that’s all I could get.

Now having this experience and working hands on, it gives me a better place to place myself and my family financially.”

Read Jose's story

Jose Rivera
supply chain program graduate

Chicago’s Community Kitchen

Creating Generations Of Culinary and Hospitality Professionals – Since 1998

Our job training programs began in 1998 with Chicago’s Community Kitchen, a 14-week training and internship program helping participants develop skills for lasting careers in the culinary field.

90% of our graduates went on to earn employment in corporate cafeterias, hospitals, hotels, catering companies and restaurants. Though Chicago’s Community Kitchens is currently on hold, our workforce development program has evolved to provide skilled training in competitive and in-demand fields.

Contact us to learn more about our current hospitality and supply chain training listed above.


Additional Job Training Programs Offered by Our Partners

Looking for training for a different career? We work with partners across Cook County who offer a wide variety of job training programs.

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Our Restaurant and Hospitality Supporters

Employment partners, guest presenters, and chefs all contribute to the success of our students by providing the expertise, resources, and funds our programs need to thrive.
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