Washington, D.C. — The U.S Department of Commerce awarded Illinois Central College with a $3 million Economic Development Administration grant Tuesday to support the development of the new Workforce Sustainability Center.
“Workforce development programs are essential to filling the over 7 million unfilled jobs we have in this country and Dr. Quirk-Bailey and her leadership team at ICC are leading the way in our state to ensure students are prepared to enter into today’s dynamic workforce,” Congressman Darin LaHood (R-Ill.) said. “I applaud President Trump and his Administration for recognizing this important work that is being done in East Peoria at ICC. This award will provide our community with new workforce development facilities and make certain Illinois’ next generation of workers have the skills they need to succeed.”
This new state-of-the-art facility will help train workers across Illinois and prepare them to enter the workforce. As technology continues to modernize, LaHood said this adaptable facility will ensure Illinoisans are equipped with the necessary skills and resources to enter the workforce and close job gaps in the community.
“Illinois Central College plays a vital role preparing Peoria-area students for success in the workforce,” said Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (D-Ill.). “As a member of the Appropriations Committee, investing in our workforce is a top priority – and these federal dollars will help establish a workforce training center to further the college’s efforts. Students and educators alike will be able to leverage this funding to grow the local economy and build a stronger workforce here in Illinois.”
In addition to the $3 million grant, ICC will receive nearly $6 million from state and local matching funds.
President of ICC, Sheila Quirk-Bailey, said 13 programs will be housed in the facility. Upon completion of the program, students will have the skills to be able to work in the manufacturing and renewable energy field.
“This building will showcase the best of sustainable practices, not only in its design and operations, but also in its functionality as it provides credentials for the green industry workforce,” Quirk-Bailey said.