WASHINGTON – Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17), a member of the powerful House Appropriations Committee, announced a $3,000,000 grant for Illinois Central College from the U.S. Commerce Department’s Economic Development Administration. These funds will be used to help establish a new Workforce Sustainability Center on campus.
“Illinois Central College plays a vital role preparing Peoria-area students for success in the workforce,” said Congresswoman Cheri Bustos. “As a member of the Appropriations Committee, investing in our workforce is a top priority – and these federal dollars will help establish a workforce training center to further the college’s efforts. Students and educators alike will be able to leverage this funding to grow the local economy and build a stronger workforce here in Illinois.”
“A Workforce Sustainability Center will provide our students with an opportunity to build their skillset, prepare for the workforce and support local employers in our community,” said Illinois Central College President, Dr. Sheila Quirk-Bailey. “Illinois Central College is committed to fulfilling the needs of our students and ensuring they receive a well-rounded education. Today’s funding will only further that commitment and I thank Congresswoman Bustos for her passion for our students.”
The Workforce Sustainability Center will be used to help train students and prepare them for jobs in the region. The addition of this facility will improve Illinois Central College’s ability to provide students with new sets of skills both now and in the future.