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About Central States SER

Welcome to Central States SER, Jobs for Progress Inc. (SER) – a dynamic non-profit organization committed to enhancing lives, fostering economic stability, and promoting growth in communities across Illinois. Since our establishment in 1987, Central States SER has been dedicated to designing and delivering services that make a meaningful impact on the lives of individuals, youth, adults, and businesses.

Annual Impact

Year after year, we touch the lives of over 12,000 individuals who walk through the doors of Central States SER seeking assistance. Through education, training, and employment services, we aim to make a lasting difference in the lives of those we serve.


At Central States SER, our mission is clear: to improve the quality of people’s lives by providing comprehensive services that empower individuals to thrive in education, training, and employment. We believe in fostering economic stability and growth, creating a positive ripple effect throughout communities.


SER envisions empowered communities where economic and educational disparities are replaced with opportunities for growth. Our deep community engagement and commitment to innovation make us a driving force in creating lasting solutions. Join us in empowering individuals and contributing to a brighter future


Empowering lives through education, skills, and opportunities for sustainable success

Community Impact

Building stronger communities by fostering personal growth, resilience, and shared prosperity

Transformative Growth

Dedicated to transformative growth — cultivating potential, inspiring change, and shaping brighter futures

Discover, Thrive, Succeed: Central States SER, Shaping Futures

Unsure if you qualify for our services? Click the “Check Eligibility” button to assess your eligibility and discover how Central States SER can support you on your journey to education, training, and employment. We’re here to help you unlock opportunities and build a brighter future

Little Village Center
3948 W. 26th Street, Suite 213
Chicago, IL 60623
(773) 542-9030
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SERCO Office
7222 W Cermak Rd Suite 301
North Riverside, IL 60546
(708) 222-3100
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Central States SER Aurora
WIOA Youth Program
31 W. Downer Place Suite 308
Aurora, IL 60506
(708) 715-5300
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