The diverse Education Working Group includes educational institutions, state agencies, and non-profit organizations working to improve access to education benefits and facilitate a successful educational experience for service members, veterans and their families.
Most recently, the EWG co-hosted several events throughout the state targeting student veterans and employers to increase awareness of potential career paths for veterans and connect the student veterans with networking mentors. The host locations were Pritzker Military Library in Chicago, Southwestern Illinois College, Northern Illinois University, and Western Illinois University.
Our vision is for student Veterans, active duty personnel, National Guards and Reserve member, and their qualifying dependents to succeed at Illinois and reach their full potential as ethical leaders and engaged citizens.
Veterans Forward at National Able Network provides career coaching, development, and connections to employees. We are 100% veterans serving veterans with an expert staff of career coaches committed to your success. Our best in class tools include resume development, personal branding, interview prep, Linkedin development (including professional headshot), and networking. We connect veterans to local employers through veteran exclusive job leads and hiring events with trusted partners.
Southern Illinois University Carbondale provides educational programs on our main campus, online and at extended campus sites including military bases. We have experience processing active duty Tuition Assistance, Illinois Programs (Veterans Grant, National Guard Grant and MIA/POW Scholarship) and GI Bill Benefits (Montgomery, Post 9/11, Dependents Educational Assistance, Vocational Rehabilitation). We can provide fact sheets and assistance in completing applications to use the benefits. We also have VA employees on campus under the Veterans Integrated to Academic Leadership (VITAL) program to assist in gaining access to VA medical care.
For more than four decades, the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL), a national 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, has been providing colleges and universities, companies, labor organizations, and state and local government with the tools and strategies they need to create practical, effective lifelong learning solutions. CAEL has demonstrated expertise in adult learning and career advancement, with its particular focus on non-traditional learners. CAEL offers a range of services to develop and strengthen education and career services for veterans. Our services help returning veterans maximize the value of their educational benefits to advance their [...]
The Wounded Heroes Foundation (WHF) supports the injured men and women of our Armed Forces serving in Iraq, Afghanistan and around the world. Their traumatic injuries, which include vision and hearing loss, amputations, gunshot wounds, burns and blasts, retire these proud, brave warriors from the very military service that has until now defined them.
Health & Disability Advocates (HDA) provides training, consultation, and technical assistance to address barriers, including Veterans Programs.
HDA plays an active, leadership role in creating information, distributing resources and building the capacity of communities and providers throughout Illinois to better meet the needs of Veterans, military service members, their families, and families of the fallen. Illinois Warrior to Warrior aims to bridge the gaps between military service and civilian life. We do this by recruiting Volunteer Veterans from all branches and eras to serve as peer support and direction for returning Veterans, [...]
The Center for Wounded Veterans in Higher Education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign provides comprehensive and individualized services to veterans with a disabling condition and their families. The purpose of the Center is to create an individual program for student veterans pursuing a degree at the University of Illinois. Services include Transition and Academic Support, Counseling Services, Career and Employment Development, and Benefits Counseling. There are also VA staff available onsite along with a residential program. All services are offered to enrolled students free of charge.
Founded in 1867, Northeastern has a rich tradition of educational innovation and prides itself on preparing teachers and administrators who make a difference in Chicago. That tradition continues to this day and has expanded to include an array of academic disciplines, allowing the University to embrace fully the community in which it resides. Northeastern is regarded as the most diverse public comprehensive university in the Midwest and is designated by the U.S. Department of Education as a Hispanic-Serving Institution. Diversity is an important factor in the character of Northeastern and in the social fabric of its student body.
Vet2Tech is a national non-profit (501c3) organization dedicated to helping veterans find a way to utilize their mechanical or electrical skills for new career opportunities in the civilian sector. The commercial food equipment repair industry, the home appliance repair industry and the HVAC/Refrigeration industry are searching for qualified veteran candidates to fill open positions all over the country. There are no fees for our services to veterans.
The Veterans Resource Center is committed to assisting those who served or are currently serving in the U.S. military, and their family members. In collaboration with an array of University departments and community organizations, the center provides coordinated services and resources in a one-stop location to ensure that all military service members are afforded the greatest opportunities for success.
Our Mission is to advance trauma-informed care to the Active Duty, Veterans, Reservists, Guardsmen and their Families in Lake County, Illinois while transforming the way services are delivered thru education and outreach. We provide a safe and comfortable drop-in center centrally located in Lake County, where we maintain a Dryhootch Coffee Shop as well as space to host providers' services as well as activities of interest developed and offered to support camaraderie and healing. We provide free and confidential care for this population (regardless of their discharge status), provided by Veteran volunteers and Veteran Peer Support Specialists and linkage with a [...]
Veterans Housing and Employment Assistance is a trusted partner helping to provide access to safe, affordable housing, employment, and supportive services for veterans and their families.
Changing Children’s Worlds Foundation’s (CCWF) goal is for every child to be positively supported by every adult in their life. CCWF offers two programs to support your community: 1. International Child/Parent Development Program (ICDP): A program which trains parents, children, and caregiver facilitators to implement empathy-based interactions into their daily lives. ICDP curriculum is also used in parent/caregiver and child learning groups throughout the community. These groups ensure that children are supported in a positive and loving way. 2. Integrative Youth Development Program (IYD): An empowering initiative to measure and increase the number and quality of [...]
The Veterans Services Centers are centralized, on-site sources of support and access to veterans-specific information and resources. Our Veterans Services teams are staffed by veterans and skilled professionals so we understand the unique challenges our returning veterans face when making the transition from active duty military to college life. Not only do we provide one-on-one services, our Veterans Services Centers also provide a welcoming environment where veterans can meet and network with other veterans, relax, or study. We encourage you to take advantage of the services we provide.
College of DuPage is a community college with far-reaching impact. We're firmly rooted in the community that provides our mandate, yet committed to reflecting the needs and demands of an ever-changing world. We understand the importance of remaining relevant on multiple levels: interpersonal, academic, civic, cultural and economic. With a steady eye on regional, national and international developments, College of DuPage fulfills its mission as an educational and economic agent of change for the residents it serves.Beyond all other considerations, though, we are educators, devoted to the idea that knowledge is transformative. We believe there are few things [...]
Prairie State College fosters collaborative relationships that empower students to achieve their education and career goals. The College embraces its diversity, nurtures life-ling learning, and supports community and economic development.
McHenry County College provides credit and noncredit educational and training opportunities as well as special events for close to 60,000 participants annually. MCC is a two-year, public community college, offering transfer, occupational, and online degrees and certificates. The college serves the seventh most rapidly growing county in Illinois and offers six associate's degrees and 17 Associate of Applied Science degrees.
We take pride in exceeding expectations, offering a top education to all students willing to work hard for their dreams. Waubonsee has top-ranked academic programs, a dynamic student population, a breadth of services and resources, and a growing campus network — all of which mean a richer college experience for you. With Waubonsee, you can get a start on your bachelor's degree, achieve your career goals, pursue a new interest or brush up on your basic skills. We offer transfer programs, career programs, adult education, business training, student services and personal and professional learning. In addition to our Sugar Grove Campus, we have campuses in downtown [...]