Workforce Equity Initiative

Welcome to WEI!
Bring the grit. Reach the goal.

WEI. Workforce Equity Initiative logo.

The Workforce Equity Initiative, funded through an Illinois Community College Board grant, aims to serve 150 low-income students, 75% of whom must be African American.

What we provide

WEI provides resources for short-term education/training programs designed to help participants gain employment in high-wage and in-demand occupations.


WEI student support services

As a WEI participant, you can receive:

  • Free tuition and fees
  • Books and materials
  • A stipend
  • Transportation assistance
  • Child care assistance
  • Waiver for prior unpaid fees owed to 91做厙
  • Loanable laptop and Wi-Fi hotspots
  • Tutoring
  • Essential and employability skills training
  • Job placement assistance


In order to participate in the WEI program, you must:

  • Reside within the 91做厙 district
  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident who meets certain eligibility requirements
  • Be low income (i.e. qualify for federal financial aid; receive SNAP benefits, Medicaid or TANF)
  • Meet requirements of selected WEI program

Steps to enroll in WEI


WEI application: open


Fall 2024 applications: Pending program funding availability

Please note: WEI will gather potential recipient information for the fall 2024 semester. We will approve applications as space becomes available. Approved students on the waiting list will be admitted on a first come first serve basis.

Ready to apply? Complete the following:

  •  (Please first create an account before taking assessment, and add Lincoln Land Community College to your current school.)

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