Suburban Cook County COVID-19 Recovery: Job Training and Placement Program  

The Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership (The Partnership) is receiving $4 million from Cook County in Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding. The support comes as part of the Cook County COVID-19 Recovery Job Training and Placement Program (the Program), which provides funding to train and place individuals dislocated by, and avert layoff of workers at businesses negatively impacted by, the effects of COVID-19. The funding will support training, placement, and career coaching programs for job seekers and provide additional resources for employers and training providers serving or located in suburban Cook County.  

Services include: 

  • Comprehensive career services such as job search, coaching, interview preparation and job placement
  • On-the-job training for new employees and/or training to retain current employees to avoid layoffs
  • A pilot program specifically aimed at the manufacturing sector to avert layoffs and where appropriate assist with succession planning
  • Additional staffing capacity necessary to meet the needs of the increased number of residents affected by COVID-19
  • Paid virtual work-based learning opportunities for young adults impacted by COVID-19

Where can you find resources?

If you are a jobseeker or employer in suburban Cook County you are eligible for this program and should contact one of the workforce centers below:

Cook County Government Information

To learn more about Cook County COVID-19 resident and employer resources visit. here.
Questions? For general information about this program contact:


Chicago COVID Contact Tracing Corps

What is the Chicago COVID Contact Tracing Corps?  

The Chicago COVID Contact Tracing Corps consist of: 

    • 31 competitively procured Community-Based Organizations (CBOs) listed here, from Chicago’s hardest-hit communities 
    • 450 Contact Tracers and 31 Supervisors hired by the CBOs 
    • An “Earn & Learn” career development program in healthcare occupations for permanent employment upon completion of tracing corps (separately funded by public and private sector collaboration) 

What does a contact tracer do? 

Contact tracing is a process that is widely used in public health to prevent the spread of an infectious disease. It involves speaking to people who have had sustained contact with an individual who tested positive for the disease. Through a series of interviews, the contact tracers will:

• Contact people who may have been exposed
• Link contacts to COVID-19 testing
• Connect contacts to services such as healthcare, housing or employment

Where Can I Find More Information About Services The Partnership Offers?

Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership (The Partnership) funds a variety of workforce agencies serving as a comprehensive employment and training resource for employers, jobseekers of all ages, TANF recipients, veterans, and youth throughout the Chicagoland region. Through The Partnership’s network of more than 50 workforce agencies, we are connecting jobseekers with skills needed to secure sustainable employment, and we are connecting employers with a trained and ready workforce.  All services are free! Find a workforce agency near you. 

Even in these challenging times, there are local employers seeking talented employees. Check here for more information.