Southern Illinois - Region 5

​To participate in the EPIC program, visit your Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) office and complete the four steps below:

  1. Learn About This Opportunity
  2. Review Career and Job Information and Related Videos
  3. Complete the Online Assessments
  4. Attend a Follow-Up Meeting at the IDHS Office

1.  Learn About This Opportunity​​


EPIC Pilot Program is a great opportunity for you to get trained for the job you want.  Act now because space is limited.  

If you're a SNAP recipient and live in Clinton, Franklin, Jackson, Jefferson, Monroe, Perry, Randolph, St. Clair, Washington, or Williamson County, please attend a local orientation session.  Orientation materials are included here, but you're still required to attend​ orientation before you can apply for the program.

Click the image below to see a ​full size comparison between SNAP Employment & Training (E&T) and EPIC E&T.

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Click the full screen icon (Full Screen Icon) for a larger view of the video below and the captions icon (CC Icon) to view the words spoken in the video.

2.  Review Career and Job Information and Related Videos

Take a look at the career information and videos below and think about which training might be a good match for you.​​​

3.  Complete the Online Assessments

The following online assessments will help EPIC staff identify training programs that might be a good match for you.

You will only be able to complete the online assessments if you have completed or are scheduled for an EPIC orientation at an IDHS office for Region 1 (Cook County).  Your case worker/manager will provide you with a username and password.

Assessment 1  - Log in with your username and password to complete the Online Application.

This assessment includes your:

  • Background information
  • Training interests
  • Work history
  • Education and skill levels

Start your online application.

Assessment 2 - Complete the NOCTI 21st Century Skills Assessment at your IDHS office.

This will provide information about your job readiness that will help place you in a training program. Learn about taking the NOCTI Assessment here.

Start your NOCTI Assessment.

4.  Attend a Follow-Up Meeting at the IDHS Office

The following steps are scheduled with your case worker/manager within one week after completing the assessments. During this meeting, you will:

  1. Review the random assignment consent form and decide if you would like to proceed with signing it.

  2. If you sign the consent form, complete the EPIC program registration form.

After completing the above steps, your case worker/manager will complete the random assignment process.  This will determine:

  • If you are placed in the EPIC Program Services group. You will then review your training options, select a program, and begin the EPIC program.
    - OR -
  • If you are not placed in the EPIC Program Services group. You will continue to receive your allowed benefits and your case worker/manager will provide next steps.​


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