Kaskaskia College will be offerings its Industrial Service Technician and Welding Programs to additional students as a partner in a new Workforce Innovation Grant designed for individuals interested in a manufacturing career.
The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Development and its agency partners, the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) and the Illinois Community College Board (ICCB), were awarded approximately $12 million for the State’s Innovation Project “Illinois Pathways Initiative: Moving Regional Sector Partnerships to Scale in Manufacturing”. The project will scale up and sustain regional sector partnerships to address the growing skilled worker shortages in manufacturing and to improve employer and participant outcomes in terms of efficiency and effectiveness. It is estimated that the project will serve 600-800 WIA eligible adults and dislocated workers. Partners in the regional consortium that will implement the grant include Workforce Investment Offices, manufacturing firms, and three community colleges in a 15-county area of South Central and Southwestern Illinois.
The goal of the project is to develop, evaluate and sustain regional manufacturing partnerships that coordinate state economic development, workforce and educational resources to meet the immediate needs of employers and job seekers.
The programs will incorporate remedial training at community colleges for those participants who possess basic skills deficiencies. Specialized training will be available in four manufacturing growth occupations - CNC operator, Industrial Service Technician, Welder and Process Operations. Once the participant has completed the specialized training, each will move on to some workplace training to further develop workforce skills. Opportunities will include on-the-job training, work experience, job shadowing and internships which will be blended into the curriculum, as well as post training.
The structure of the programs will be tailored to the outcomes needed by manufacturers. Each instructional program will provide the needed skills with no longer than 12 months of training. Students will attain the skills to meet the industry requirements and will earn credit hours that can lead to further credentialing and ultimately an Associate Degree with transferable credits.
“The Workforce Innovation initiative will be a welcome addition to our existing offerings in the Industrial Technology and Welding fields”, said Dr. Greg Labyak, Vice President of Instructional Services at Kaskaskia College. “It offers some unique opportunities for personalized instruction and contextualized learning of basic skills content within the framework of core courses in both programs of study. KC is very happy to be participating in this special initiative to prepare students for immediate employment in areas of critical need for local manufacturers.”
For more information about this special educational opportunity, contact the Illinois workNet Office closest to you: Carlyle at 594-4520, Nashville at 327-4191, or Greenville at 545-3473.