Presented by Western Governors University

Nonprofit, fully online Western Governors University (WGU) and the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce today announced they have joined forces to provide Chamber members and employees with an affordable pathway to earning their bachelor’s or master’s degrees. The partnership will further both organizations’ missions of continuing to develop the talent pipeline in hopes of building a future-ready workforce.


The Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce and WGU Academy are working together to upskill your workforce for brighter futures.

The Chicagoland Chamber Employer Training Investment Program (ETIP) is committed to helping Illinois companies equip their employees with the skills needed to grow, thrive, and succeed at a reduced cost.

Employers can receive up to a 50% reimbursement on eligible workforce trainings including a new program offered by Western Governors University Academy.

Teaching the fundamentals of success

WGU Academy’s science-backed methods set students up for success. Your employees will:

  • Improve written and verbal communications to effectively collaborate
  • Strengthen work ethic and enhance teamwork
  • Engage in one-to-one executive coaching to identify and reach goals

WGU Academy’s Program for Academic and Career Advancement (PACA) is an innovative, evidence-based course designed to address how core beliefs, emotions, and habits might impact success in their current job and throughout their career.

We’re helping build resilient learners and workers.

The approach of pairing social-emotional learning (SEL) concepts with a credit-bearing curriculum at the Academy, requires resources such as coaching and advising to support long-term retention of skills building.

“We provide the strategies [and] give them platforms to apply it to their own lives, their careers, their relationships, and their academic journey,” states Reshma Gouravajhala, Ph.D., a WGU Academy research scientist.

PACA also maintains an expansive virtual community for learners to engage with, sharing their insights and fostering long-standing relationships with others from similar personal experiences.

Now is a great time to invest in your greatest assets.

Resources are available for those interested in learning more about the ETIP program or to submit an intake form. Frequently asked questions are also available, while more specific questions can be sent to

To learn more about WGU and the Academy, please contact Becky Householder at or by phone at (385) 428-9673. You may also schedule an appointment.

*Academy at WGU is a non-profit university and an approved Training Partner of the Chicagoland Chamber’s Employer Training Investment Program, which offers $1.5 million grant funding through June 2022. Companies who identify 2+ employees may be eligible to receive 50% reimbursement of the cost of upskilling full-time Illinois-based employees through the Chamber’s Employer Training Investment Program (ETIP). After discounts the price is $300 per employee for this 4-month program. WGU Academy graduates will receive a certificate of completion.

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