Free tuition

and paths to
good-paying jobs


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One Workforce

Good jobs are waiting, and KCC tuition could be free when you enroll in manufacturing, welding or electrical engineering technology programs. The One Workforce grant can cover your tuition, fees, books, certification exam fees and more for these certificate and degree programs. To qualify, you must live in northeast Illinois or northwest Indiana, be 17 or older, not in high school, and unemployed or underemployed. People from underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply. Even if you are already employed, you may be eligible.

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The H-1B One Workforce grant from the U.S. Dept. of Labor is offered in affiliation with the Calumet Area Industrial Commission.

Why Choose KCC?
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Earn More

People with some college earn about $5,000 more per year than those with a high school diploma. Earn an associate degree and earn $8,000 more than high school grads.

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Love What You Do

KCC has degree & certificate options to fit your interests. You can transfer after KCC to complete a bachelor's degree, or enter the workforce.

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Reach Your Goals

We care about your progress and want you to succeed. KCC's small class sizes, faculty and support services help you stay on track to graduate.

What Our Students Say
Piers Cardenas

“There is nothing that compares to these classes because I always get to work with my hands building stuff, wiring things. These classes really do feed right into each other one step at a time. Honestly, these are the funnest classes I've ever taken in my life.”

- Piers Cardenas, Electrical Engineering Technology student

“Great people, great community! You get to work with your fellow students and get time to work one-on-one with your instructor. I really like to build things. I want to grow my career to build big things like roller coasters. It's fun to use my head to put things together and make sure it fits right. As the only woman in the class, I see no difference than any other class. My friends are in awe that I'm a woman in welding.”

- Tatum Hall, Welding student
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Matthew Cato

“ It's a journey. My instructor helped me a lot. I have a job now and I've gained a lot of experience. If I would have joined the workforce right out of high school I wouldn't have been prepared. KCC helps you think, behave and carry yourself as an intelligent individual whatever your career goals. It pushes you to advance yourself as an individual.”

- Matthew Cato, Class of 2021

“I am already an apprentice as a machinist. I'm very thankful for that and I feel very lucky to have that company behind my back. The classes I've taken at KCC have sort of been a backbone, it's almost been like a reference point to everything else I've learned. Being able to work on the machines, being able to feel it work, it has taught me how to see problems, how to be calm. That is almost of infinite value. Without a backbone you're a blob of jelly.”

- Anthony Boudreau, Machine Tool student
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Recognized & Accredited
KCC is Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (, a regional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
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