When Jonathan Sandoval was looking to get real-world experience in the manufacturing field, the 23-year-old from Carpentersville heard about McHenry County College’s Young Adult Success Program.

“This program helps people who have trouble looking for jobs,” Sandoval said. “It’s a good social experience to help people and have them learn more about jobs they are interested in and how to look for those jobs.”

After graduating from the manufacturing program in the fall, Sandoval has the necessary certifications, connections and experience to help him secure employment.

“Now I’m trained in several areas that can help me get a better job for the future,” Sandoval said.

To address the issue of unemployed youth, the Young Adult Student Success Program helps 18- to 24-year-olds prepare for high-paying occupations in manufacturing and health care. The program is made possible by a $100,000 federal grant from the McHenry County Workforce Network, which enrolls the students in the program while MCC coordinates the program’s classes.

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