CHICAGO (AP) – During a visit Tuesday in Champaign, Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced plans to create two community college–based manufacturing training academies.
The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) will provide a total of $15 million for two capital grants through a competitive application process. The manufacturing training academies will be constructed in downstate Illinois, where the DCEO said there’s a shortage of skilled laborers.
Pritzker made the announcement at Champaign-based Eden Park Illumination, founded by two University of Illinois professors that makes ultraviolet lighting for various industries.