Opportunity Works

Working in conjunction with the Office of the President of the Cook County Board of Commissioners , the Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership developed and launched Opportunity Works, an initiative that introduces unemployed young adults from suburban Cook County between the ages of 16 - 24 to careers in Manufacturing, Information Technology, Transportation, Distribution and Logistics, and other high-growth, high-demand sectors.


Three-Step Application / Eligibility Process

Step 1: Complete Partnership application

Click Here To Access The Application

Step 2: Attend Information Orientation

Orientation dates will be shared once application is completed.

Step 3: Complete grant paperwork


Transportation & Logistics



Information Technology






Benefits of being enrolled in the program:

  • Transportation assistance
  • Stipends for attending scheduled career courses
  • Paid internship opportunities
  • Receive work attire at no cost

Program offerings

  • Subsidized internships
  • Career exploration
  • Foundation skills training
  • Job placement and retention support
  • Transporation
  • Wraparound services

How do I know if I'm eligible?

  • Are you currently out of school?
  • Are you 16 - 24 years old?
  • Do you live in suburban Cook County?
  • Are you currently unemployed?
  • If you answered yes, then you may be eligible to apply!

For More Information:

Prairie State College Opportunity Works Initiative
Call (708) 709-2957 or email oppworks@prairiestate.edu