Congressman Darin LaHood was at Heartland Community College Friday morning and talked to leaders about exploring a way to offer some type of financial aid to students pursuing non- degree careers. This was specifically in regards to their Heartland Work Ready program.
Lahood said programs like a certified nurse assistant, prepare more people for jobs that are high on demand.
“We have a wonderful community college system here in the state of Illinois. Compared to other states that I see around the country, we have a real gem here and we have to support the community college system,” said Lahood, “We have currently 7.3 million unfilled jobs across the country and we hear about, how do we fill in that gap? More truck drivers, more welders, more technicians, more nurses, more construction workers. What I call it is new collar jobs, they’re not blue collard, they’re not white collar, they’re new collar and Heartland fills that role here.”
This is also the first time Congressman LaHood met with Heartland Community College’s president, Dr. Keith Cornille who took over the job last summer.