Kaskaskia College was recently approved by the U.S. Department of Labor to work with local companies to develop apprenticeship programs. KC’s Director of Workforce Engagement, Nicolas Farley, will assume the role of an intermediary for the program. Farley will be able to aid in the acceleration of program creation, provide technical assistance for the employers in the design and administrative tasks to create apprenticeships, and streamline administration by supporting employers with training and curriculum. According to Farley, “Kaskaskia College will be recognized as an education provider for U.S. Department of Labor approved apprenticeships. This will provide significant advantages to our students and employers of our district”.
The KC programs approved for the apprenticeship programs include Automotive Technician, Certified Nurse Assistant, Child Care Development Specialist, Industrial Maintenance Mechanic, IT Security Specialist, Network & Computer Syst. Specialist, Truck Driver, and Welding.
Students who take part in the programs will complete a set of coursework, as well as complete on-the- job training, which will be a paid position with an employer. Upon graduation, these students will not only receive certificates or even possibly receive a degree from Kaskaskia College, but they will also receive a certificate from the U.S. Department of Labor recognizing them as completing the apprenticeship, which is federally recognized.
“KC becoming an intermediary will help expedite apprenticeships in the region,” said Lee Reese, Regional Apprenticeship Navigator at the St. Clair County Intergovernmental Grants Department - Workforce Development Group
Farley adds, “Employers will benefit from this program by being provided a pipeline of employees with an education and career experience”. Significant benefits for the employer also include a credit of up to $3,500 per apprentice against the taxes imposed by subsections (a) and (b) of Section 201 of the Illinois Income Tax Act, and an additional credit of up to $1,500 for each apprentice.
For more information, contact Nic Farley at 618-545-3030 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.