​Job Corps

Type of service: Education and Career Training

What they do: Job training, academic completion

Who is eligible? Youth ages 16-24, legal US resident, or lawfully admitted permanent resident alien, refugee, asylee, or parolee, meets low income criteria, needs technical training or assistance to finish school or find a job, parent/guardian consent (if minor), does not have behavioral problems, not on court supervision (probation), free from illegal drug use

Referral needed? No

Best way to access services: call and speak to an operator or fill out this application to get started.

Phone number: 800-733-JOBS

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Lincoln Land Community College – Career Training

Type of service: Career Training

What they do: Certified Nurse’ Assistant, LPN (in Jacksonville). Other programs in Springfield.

Who is eligible? Nurse’ Assistant – pass reading placement test, ACT of 22 or greater, able to pass background check, TB test; LPN – pass English placement test

Referral needed? No

Best way to access services: Must fill out free “Admission Worksheet” on the website.


Address: 32 S. Central Park, Jacksonville

Hours of operation: Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Phone number: 217-243-6699

Contact person: Lori Oldenettel


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Jacksonville DREAM Center Foundation

Type of service: Volunteer
What they do: Match kids of all ages with volunteer experiences and adult mentors to help them explore their interests, gain job skills, and participate in the community. If you are interested in learning to do something, the DREAM Center can probably help you out!
Who is eligible? Open to all. You can even bring your friends or family with you!
Referral needed? No
Best way to access services: Walk in or email with questions

Address: 210 W. College, Jacksonville
Hours of operation: Most afternoons and evenings

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​Boy Scouts – Explorer Post

Type of service: Career Training

What they do: Fire/EMS/Enginerring (Springfield),

Who is eligible? Boys and girls: 14 – 21 years old, $47/year

Referral needed? No

Best way to access services: Call James Grable and he will connect you with the right unit or program.

Hours of operation: varies
Phone number: 217-529-2727
Contact person: James Grable

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American Job Center

Type of service: Job services and Career Training

What they do: Operates Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). Provides basic job search services. Can link with and pay for training through WIOA for eligible individuals.

Who is eligible? Dislocated worker, low income, disabilities, barriers (homeless, dropout, pregnant or parenting teen). Other eligibility requirements may apply.

Referral needed? No

Best way to access services: Call and make an appointment.


Address: 814 W State St., Jacksonville

Phone number: 217-243-5846

Contact person: Patty or Connie