PEORIA, Ill.–Community colleges in Illinois now have more money to expand their apprenticeship programs.
The Department of Labor awarded $4 million to benefit ten community colleges.
This grant will allow more than 1,600 students to serve in pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship programs.
Dr. Andre Kerr of Illinois Central College says these programs are critical to college students, and that it will help provide them with family sustainable wages.
“We have a really strong computer science program, it program, here at Illinois Central College. What this is going to allow us to do is help enhance what we’re calling out pre-apprenticeship programs to be able to help folks get those skills necessary to bridge maybe some areas they need work on,” Dr. Kerr said.
“Illinois Central College has been receiving a lot of workforce-related grants lately. It’s due in part to the work of our area legislators. They’ve recognized that Illinois Central College is a pathway to success, a pathway to getting a family sustaining wage so they’re trying to help us build these kind of programs,” Kerr said.
Kerr says this grant lasts for four years and that this could impact 100 students over that time period.