@ Southwestern Illinois College

2500 Carlyle Avenue, Belleville, IL 62221 • 618‑222‑5202

One degree makes all the difference.


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Selsius™ is home to the WIA department at Southwestern Illinois College. The WIA staff provides assistance with job search and placement skills to all individuals. For unemployed individuals who qualify under the Workforce Investment Act (WIA), they provide limited academic counseling for compliance with WIA requirements, liaison with funding agencies and vouchers for required textbooks and supplies.

What is WIA

The Workforce Investment Act (WIA) provides an opportunity for unique workforce preparation to help job seekers and those who want to advance their careers.  The focus of the act is to train, educate and help individuals reach their employment needs, while helping businesses meet their needs for skilled workers.

Key to the WIA program are easy one-stop centers for employment, education, and training information services and training that allow adults to reach and retain self-sufficiency.

Who does our WIA staff help?

WIA Participants
  • Everyone is welcome to receive career and job outlook information for the local area.
  • Unemployed, underemployed and untrained adults can receive job training.
  • Dislocated workers can find assistance in returning to the workforce.

Access to Services at Southwestern Illinois workNet Centers

As part of the WIA program, Selsius™ houses staff in multiple Southwestern Illinois workNet locations.  The Southwestern Illinois workNet Centers are operated by a consortium including the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES), the Intergovernmental Grant Department (IGD) of St. Clair County, and Southwestern Illinois College/Selsius™. The Mid-America Workforce Investment Board (MAWIB) is the governing board for the workNet centers.  

Services are provided in three locations in the area.

Southwestern Illinois workNet & SWIC/Selsius™ Locations

Southwestern Illinois College 

Belleville Campus - IS Building
(Room 1140)
2500 Carlyle Avenue
Belleville, IL  62221
866.945.SWIC (7942), ext. 5183
618.235.2700, ext. 5183

ESL Higher Education Campus/SWIC Station

Building A, room 1003
601 James R. Thompson Blvd
East St. Louis, IL  62201

4519 West Main Street

Belleville, IL 62223

(In the shopping center next to North Belt West)

IDES and IGD staff reside with Selsius™ WIA staff at Belleville Main Street location. The SWIC Belleville Campus and East St. Louis centers are satellite locations which provide resource room free services only.  IDES and IGD services are available at the Belleville Campus center via referral to the other workNet centers in Belleville and East St. Louis.

Southwestern Illinois workNet

Resource Room Services

WIA staff at the Illinois workNet Centers assist individuals with resource room services that help with employment search efforts and training identification.

Employment Services

  • Job matching
  • Resume assistance
  • Job fair information
  • Interview preparation
  • Job and salary information
  • Internet job searches

Training Services

  • Self-testing for careers
  • Information on schools
  • Financial-aid information
  • Career selection assistance
  • Adult education - GED information
  • Tutorial for computer skills and typing

Meet Our WIA Staff

The Selsius™ WIA staff is headed by Mr. William Gagen, Director of Workforce Development.  You can "meet" Bill and his staff on the WIA Staff page.  

Belleville Campus Staff

We are located in the Selsius™ office in Room 2060 of the Information Sciences Monday - Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4p.m.  He can be reached at 618-222-5202.

Sam Wolf Granite City Campus

 We are available on the Sam Wolf Granite City Campus on Wednesdays, from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. We can be reached at 618-222-5536.

Equal Opportunity

WIA is an equal opportunity employer and program.  Auxiliary aids and services are available to individuals with disabilities.