EAST PEORIA — Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) announced that the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) is awarding $14.7 million from the American Rescue Plan Good to Illinois Central College to create an information technology training program in partnership with local companies.
This project will train low-income residents as early as high school. Partner employers have committed to providing wraparound services to trainees and eventually hiring trainees. With a focus on equity, Illinois Central College will also partner with several community-based organizations to support and train workers.
“For decades, Illinois Central College has played a vital role in preparing students for successful careers,” said Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17). “I’m so proud to join Secretary Raimondo to announce that more than $14 million in funding from the American Rescue Plan is headed to ICC to develop new programming focused on advancing our local workforce and training folks for 21st-century jobs. I was proud to vote for this historic legislation and I look forward to seeing the incredible impact this investment will have on our community.”
This grant is funded through the American Rescue Plan Good Jobs Challenge. The program awarded grants to 32 worker-centered, industry-led workforce training partnerships across the country. The $500 million program is expanding opportunities for more Americans to access and secure good-paying jobs by investing in innovative approaches to advance worker-centered, industry-led workforce training partnerships.