Elgin Area Manufacturing Career Internship Program for Young Adults

EDG logo 2014The Elgin-Area Manufacturing Career Internship Program (MCIP) is designed to help employers find and hire young adults interested in manufacturing. The program provides young adults ages 18-21 the opportunity to learn about and start a career in manufacturing by paying for them to participate in a 6-week internship with area employers.

The MCIP starts with a 3-week boot camp on Monday, January 5 to introduce WIA-eligible youth to today’s manufacturing careers. The boot camp provides a 10-hr. OSHA Certification, and a focus on work ethic, math skills, motivation and attitude, communication skills and interviewing techniques.

After the boot camp, participating employers have an opportunity to meet and select interns on Wednesday, January 21 for a paid, 6-week, 240-hour internship. Intern assignments are made on “Draft Day” on Friday, January 23 and the internship program begins Monday, February 2. Upon conclusion of the internships, employers have the option of hiring.

Organized and presented by the Elgin Development GroupElgin Community College and the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, MCIP also benefits area employers by providing companies the opportunity to find and train motivated entry-level employees with no commitment required to hire after the paid internship is completed. Business and Career Services, Inc. (BCC), a not-for-profit 501c(3), serves as the employer of record, pays wages to the interns and covers all payroll and liability insurance throughout the internship. There is no charge to the company.

The MCIP is funded through a grant from the Department of Labor (DOL) through the state and regional Workforce Investment Board and the Kane County Department of Employment & Education, and is administered by BCS.

The MCIP was featured as a “Best Practice” at the 2012 National Association of Workforce Board Professionals in Las Vegas, and receive the Innovative Solutions Award from the Illinois Workforce Partnership in 2014.

Click here to watch a YouTube video of the MCIP program in action.

For more information on how to participate in the 2015 Elgin-Area Manufaturing Careers Internship Program, contact:

MCIP Outreach Liaison
Sid Hussaini

BCS Youth Coordinator
Eddie Perez

For general information about Business and Career Services, Inc., visit www.worknetncc.com.

2014 EYPN Scholarship Winners Announced

ClumsyChefsElgin Young Professionals Network is happy to announce the recipients of its 2014 Elgin Clumsy Chefs scholarships, benefitting students from Elgin High School’s award winning culinary program.

Elgin High School senior Aracely Villagomez, received a $500 scholarship to Elgin Community College.

Joseline Sifuentes, an Elgin High School graduate and one of three inaugural Clumsy Chefs scholarship recipients from 2013, also received a $500 scholarship to continue her culinary education at ECC.

Scholarship applications were reviewed by a judging panel of EYPN members.

For the past two years, the Elgin Young Professionals Network has awarded scholarships to students participating in the Elgin High School Clumsy Chefs program lead by EYPN member Ann Leider, with an eye towards pursuing a Culinary Arts degree at Elgin Community College.

The scholarship program helps foster and empower the next generation of young professionals while promoting the value of higher education.

EYPN congratulates its 2014 scholarship recipients.

EYPN Hula for Moola Scholarship Fundraiser


Poster design by Chad Meyers

Howzit? Winter blues got you down?

Grab your grass skirts and Hawaiian shirts and get ready to “Hula for Moola” as Elgin Young Professionals Network presents its second annual Scholarship Fundraiser, taking place Thursday, April 10 beginning at 6pm at Chooch’s Pizzeria, 64 S. Grove Avenue in downtown Elgin. Proceeds of the fundraiser benefit EYPN’s scholarship program which supports Elgin High School Clumsy Chef students attending Elgin Community College’s Culinary Program.

This “latitude-changing” local luau features a cash bar, free pizza, goodies from the recent Illinois Pro Start Competition title winning Clumsy Chef students, Hawaiian music, raffle baskets, and tropical-themed games and activities – including the inaugural Hula-Hoopla Challenge!

RSVP via our Facebook Event Page and be sure to follow Elgin Young Professionals Network on Facebook for the latest fundraiser event and activity details and raffle prize updates as they become available.

Aloha and Mahalo!

In July 2013, EYPN conducted its inaugural scholarship fundraiser entitled “Fundraising is Fun-taSch-tic” at Villa Verone Ristorante Italiano in downtown Elgin. The enormously successful event raised over $1,800 to fund three scholarships.

Businesses, organizations and individuals interested in donating raffle basket prizes or possibly making a monetary donation to the EYPN’s scholarship fund, can do so via the online form below or e-mail eypn@outlook.com.


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