EPIC stands for:
Individuals selected to participate (only open to
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients) will benefit from personal career development and accelerated training plans to meet each participant's needs; job skill trainings and credentials in high-demand fields; work-based learning opportunities with local employers; and ongoing team counseling that can lead to jobs.
This Employment and Training Program will assist underemployed and unemployed SNAP recipients in five regions across the state of Illinois. This pilot program is part of a national study that includes an evaluation process to create strategies to implement with the existing SNAP education and training program.
The program was designed for Able Bodied Adults Without Dependents (ABAWD). If you have a family you can volunteer for the program, but your household may not be receiving Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) benefits.
The goal is to provide basic and technical skill training and work experience to help participants get good jobs, increase earnings and reduce reliance on public assistance.