Open Door - Workforce Equity Initiative

Welcome to WEI!

Open Door WEI Workforce Equity Initiative Lincoln Land Commu

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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 free, short-term education/training programs designed to help participants gain employment in high-wage and in-demand occupations. Students receive supports, including compensation to help cover basic costs while receiving the training.


WEI student support services

As a WEI participant, you will receive:

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


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

  • Reside within the LLCC 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

Ready to apply? Complete the following: