• Welcome to Elevate Evanston

    Elevate Evanston is about more than just providing jobs. It’s about building careers, and building futures.


    I’m proud to announce the launch of this citywide initiative uniting our community’s efforts to connect individuals with employment opportunities, job training, and career education.


    If you’re an individual looking for a job, please browse the many, many resources and opportunities offered. If you’re a business owner or an organization who’d like to join our mission, let us know how you can help by completing the contact form below.


    Thank you for helping us build a better Evanston

  • City of Evanston Workforce Programs

    The City of Evanston offers several programs and opportunities for residents of all ages

    Mayor's Summer Youth Employment Program

    As a workforce development initiative, the Mayor's Summer Youth Employment Program (MSYEP) emphasizes real-world work experiences and expectations, increases awareness of services offered by local community-based organizations and provides opportunities for career instruction, mentorship, financial literacy training, and academic and social-emotional support.


    MSYEP gives participating youth up to nine weeks (mid-May through mid-August) of entry-level work experience preparing them to enter the workforce with gained skills, furthering their earning potential and future job placement(s).


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    Local Employment Program

    The goal of the LEP is to provide employment opportunities to qualified Evanston residents for construction projects within the city. Positions include laborers, apprentices and journeymen in such trades as electrical, HVAC, carpentry, masonry, concrete, finishing, truck driving, etc.


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    Evanston/Northwestern Workforce Development Training Program

    Evanston residents now have a clearer path to qualify for and attain employment on campus construction, renovation and maintenance projects as part of the City of Evanston / Northwestern University Workforce Development Program.


    Residents who apply and qualify for the program will be vetted by City staff to determine eligibility. The City will then provide a pool of qualified Evanston residents to Northwestern, which will work with its contractors and subcontractors to ensure that residents are employed on appropriate construction projects to the extent possible. It’s important to note that all potential candidates will still be subject to the hiring process of Northwestern and its contractors and subcontractors.


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    Water Worker Apprenticeship

    The City of Evanston operates an apprentice program to provide introductory training into careers in water treatment, water distribution and sewer collection system maintenance.

    First implemented in 2009, the City of Evanston has provided paid on-the-job training to a number of Evanston residents seeking to update their job skills. Many of these residents have gone on to successfully find full-time employment at the City of Evanston or with other employers in the water and sewer industry.


    In addition, all apprentices receive the necessary training and support to receive their Commercial Driver’s License (CDL).


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    Mayor's Employer Advisory Council

    The Mayor’s Employer Advisory Council aims to develop sustainable career pathways for those Evanston high school students seeking careers that don’t require a four-year college degree, while providing Evanston businesses with a pipeline of local talent.


    Participants include the City of Evanston, Evanston Township High School District 202, Cook County Commissioner Larry Suffredin, State Representative Robyn Gabel, Council Chair Neil Gambow, Patrick Hughes, Evanston Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Evanston, Evanston Public Library, Northwestern University, Evanston/Skokie School District 65, Oakton Community College, NorthShore University HealthSystem, Presence Health, Aramark, Autobarn, S&C Electric, Design Systems, Wintrust’s Evanston Community Bank & Trust, BLUE1647, Dimension Design, Starbucks, Ward Manufacturing, First Bank & Trust, Hecky's Barbecue, Dempster Auto Rebuilders, Cinemark Theatres, NorthStar Heating and Air Conditioning, Koi, Hilton Orrington/Evanston, Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership, Evanston Cradle to Career, Evanston Work Ethic Program, Youth Job Center, Evanston Community Foundation, National Able Network, Inspire Your Future and NSERVE.


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  • Community Workforce Development Resources

    Evanston Work Ethic Program

    The Evanston Work Ethic Program recognizes that every strong community needs a strong and skilled workforce to ensure diverse opportunities and economic stability. However, not every high school student wants to attend a four-year college to obtain advanced skills and launch a successful, productive career. All ambitious students deserve respect, support and access to training/certification as they prepare for a chosen profession. The goal of the Evanston Work Ethic Program (WE Program) is to help ETHS students improve their career and technical employment outcomes while meeting the needs of local employers and growing sectors and industries.



    National Able Network

    At National Able Network, our mission is to help make careers happen. Each client receives personalized career supports that integrate career coaching, specialized training, and direct connections to the job market. Our programs are designed to assist job seekers from all backgrounds, including the unemployed, career changers, military veterans, seniors, and aspiring IT professionals. Each year, National Able Network serves more than 75,000 job seekers in Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, and Nebraska.



    Curt's Cafe

    Curt’s Café is a non-profit organization that provides training in food service and life skills for at-risk youth in Evanston. Students at Curt’s learn valuable, employable skills; they’re tutored in subjects ranging from computer literacy to job readiness to food history; and they are mentored by food service professionals and other caring adults. Our students receive a stipend while they’re learning and we’ll provide job placement assistance when they complete their training.



    Sunshine Enterprises

    The Community Business Academy is a 12-week course offering hands-on training in business planning and business management.


    The course covers topics like budgeting, marketing, bookkeeping, cash flow, pricing strategies, and credit building in a dynamic learning environment. Classes are held once a week in the evening at various locations throughout Chicago.


    The small business lab is a part of CBA that presents a unique environment where participants gain hands-on experience in running a business under real-world conditions.


    Oakton Community College

    With more than 2,500 course offerings each term, Oakton Community College offers a wealth of educational options in the heart of Chicago’s northern suburbs. From degree programs to noncredit career enhancement and personal enrichment courses, Oakton has something for everyone.


    Want to earn your associate degree or a certificate? Choose from 80 areas of study, ranging from health careers, science, and technology to business and liberal arts. Whether you plan to transfer to a four-year institution or start a career, you’ll expand your options and prepare for your next step.


    Have Dreams

    Have Dreams employment programs have the goal of helping adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) land meaningful employment – and we have succeeded. All of the participants in our vocational programs participate in internships and 90% of our program graduates secured competitive, inclusive employment upon completion of their internship. In addition to allowing graduates to help support themselves, we expect these first jobs to open opportunities to begin to build a career. Most importantly, they embed the graduates in the community, increase their self-sufficiency, provide a meaningful sense of achievement, and build lasting relationships.



    Youth Job Center

    Landing that first job is tough. That’s why Youth Job Center is so important. We equip young people with the skills and confidence they need to get a job and pursue a career. Together we are creating a stronger community, one job at a time.



    Moran Center

    Since 1981, the Moran Center has been dismantling the school-to-prison pipeline with a lifeline of innovative, holistic legal and social work programs.




    The Evanston Rebuilding Warehouse offers a seven-month job training in construction, deconstruction, home repair and renovation for individuals facing barriers to employment.

    JJ's List - No Boundaries

    No Boundaries is a first-of-its-kind, experiential, on-land and on-line training program for transitioning teens and adults with disabilities. No Boundaries builds essential skills for the workplace and for living more independently in today's world.




    Evanston Cradle to Career

    We are a collaborative partnership of more than 40 organizations and 150 community members who aim to be a catalyst for change by addressing systems that affect and undermine children and families in Evanston.


    By the age of 23, all Evanston young adults will be on the path to leading happy, healthy, productive, and satisfying lives.

  • Contact Us

    Please send us an email if you would like to help grow Evanston's workforce!