State leaders are trying to bring more skilled workers to the state. Governor Rauner and Lieutenant Governor Sanguinetti are touring Europe and the state, respectively, to seek answers on vocational and training programs for Illinois youth. YouthBuild Mclean County in Central Illinois is one program close to home that is currently fulfilling the requirements.
“Many decades ago our school system used to offer apprenticeship tracks”, said Lt. Governor Sanguinetti. “Over time we lost that… We need to bring back those types of programs to Illinois.”
Governor Rauner is currently in Germany at an apprenticeship program learning the ways of the system and how it functions. Sanguinetti says that a four year program is not for everyone and allowing our youth the right to choose what they want to do at an early age will be more beneficial to their future.
“For many of our youth, access and opportunity is not looking very bright,” said Sanguinetti. She went on to say “a place like YouthBuild gives them the tools that they will need to succeed in life in a non traditional way.”
The other part of the visit was due to the $250,000 grant the program got from the state. This is the first time the program has received state funding and the money will allow them to more than double their student body size.
“Her coming validated the importance of this program,” said Tracey Polson, Executive Director at YouthBuild McLean County. “Not only is the state government willing to invest the funds needed to serve our students but they also want to check on their investment and put a face to the youth they are helping.”