The Job Training and Economic Development (JTED) program helps young people become independent by offering training, work-based learning, and real-world work experiences to help them reach their full potential in future jobs. The program focuses on understanding individuals’ skills, career interests, and goals, advocating for necessary support, and developing interpersonal skills. Participants, particularly young people, get personalized help from JTED staff. They explore careers, assess their skills, and create a personalized career plan. The program provides on-site job training and coaching to improve work ethics and social skills. JTED staff also build relationships with local businesses to help participants find employment.


Career Exploration, Assessment, and Planning: Assessment of interest and skills; Counseling on career/job options; and Development of a work-based learning career plan.

Skill Development/Certificate: Skill development for workplace employment through nationally recognized certificates

Job Advocacy and Placement: Assistance for accommodations needed for success in employment; Job coaching and placement is provided as needed



  • unemployed, under-employed, and under-represented
  • who reside in Champaign County
  • ages16 through 24

Learn more


Cunningham’s Associate Director of Family Services
(217) 337-9308


Cunningham’s Family Services and Vocational Coordinator
(217) 337-9047
Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Leave a message for call back.


Cunningham’s Intake/Admissions Specialist
(217) 337-9059; Fax (217) 367-5910
Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Leave a message for call back.

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