Matteson, IL-(ENEWSPF) – Congresswoman Robin L. Kelly (IL-02) announced that an $8.9 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor has been awarded to the Calumet Area Industrial Commission (CAIC ) for a vocational training program. The One Workforce Program public-private partnership will benefit local college students by preparing them for high-paying jobs and Illinois businesses by increasing the supply of local skilled workers.
“I am thrilled that students, universities and businesses in the Second Congressional District are benefiting from this transformational grant to the Calumet Area Industrial Commission,” said Congresswoman Robin Kelly. “When we empower our students and workers to learn skills, our economy is strengthened, our families are uplifted, and our entire community benefits.”
“The economy and growth of the Midwest is intrinsically linked to the talents of the workforce,” said Michael Batilaran, Chairman of CAIC’s Board of Directors. “We look forward to continually developing the workforce through the One Workforce Grant as well as other programs offered by CAIC.”
The H-1B One Workforce Grant program is designed to develop comprehensive, repeatable workforce strategies to prepare the workforce for mid- to high-skill H-1B occupations in advanced manufacturing.
These grants will build proof-of-concept of innovative training models that can be replicated by the broader workforce system. In January 2021, the DOL awarded $145 million in grants to 19 public-private partnerships across the country, which are to build support for a common vision to address workforce challenges in their state and communities. economic regions, ensuring that their projects complement and build on, but do not duplicate, existing programs. By forging public-private partnerships – H-1B One Workforce Partnerships – applicants will bring together industry and employers, education and training providers, the workforce system, state and local governments and organizations. other entities that will work collaboratively to align resources in response to the employer. demand and to offer new education and vocational training solutions that generate positive results.
A solid professional training program is essential.
Individuals can enroll in the CAIC One Workforce program here.