Illinois Central College Seeking Students for Sponsored Industrial Workforce Programs

               Jobs in technical or industrial careers in our region are going unfilled due to the gap between the skills employers need and the skills potential employees have. Illinois Central College has programs that pay your tuition and/or provide a paid workforce experience. These opportunities address the need for high demand jobs resulting in a family-sustaining wage.

               ICC will host two informational recruitment sessions for potential students interested in learning about its new industrial maintenance apprenticeship program and other programs that help students connect with employers from the beginning of their education and attend college for little to no cost. The free events are scheduled on two dates and at different locations for participant convenience but will offer identical informational content.

               Participants may choose from one of two sessions. The first session will be on Tues., June 26 from 5 to 7 pm in Arbor Hall on the Peoria Campus, located at 5407 N. University St. in Peoria. An additional session is scheduled for Fri., June 29 from 10 am to noon in the Agricultural and Industrial Technologies (AIT) Building on the East Peoria Campus. Free parking is available at both locations. A tour of the AIT Building classrooms and labs, where students would attend class for these programs, will be available during the Friday session at the East Peoria Campus. Attendees from either session may register for the Friday tour.
               Participants also will receive information on sponsorship programs, including General Motors Automotive Service Technician (GM-ASEP) and Caterpillar Diesel Powered Equipment programs. All students who apply, regardless of acceptance into the apprenticeship or other sponsored programs, will have the opportunity to speak with Admissions Office staff to explore other ICC industrial technology programs and options on fulfilling pre-requisites for the sponsored programs.

               ICC Associate Vice President of Workforce Development Dr. Andrew Kerr will open each session with an overview of the programs, as well as opportunities available with partnering organizations. The partnering organizations will be responsible for providing the work experience to ensure professional skills upon completion and ICC will provide the in-class training. Participants will receive information detailing the process of applying to the programs and course requirements.

               Successful apprenticeship candidates complete these programs debt-free. Students receive 300-450 hours of coursework for each year of apprenticeship, a guaranteed minimum hourly payment, full tuition, fees and books. Candidates for the apprenticeship program must first apply to ICC and then be screened and pre-qualified prior to company interviews.

               ICC is aligning its programs and services to partner with businesses to fill skills gaps reported in the areas of manufacturing, information technology and health care. Industrial programs— including ICC Industrial Maintenance, General Motors Automotive Service Technician (GM-ASEP), and Caterpillar Diesel Powered Equipment programs – are the first of several that the college and local business partners have identified as having urgent need for skilled employees. These programs provide a blend of both in-class and hands-on training experience toward a credential and jobs with a family-sustaining wage.

               For more information, contact the ICC Workforce Development Department at (309) 690-6863.                            


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