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Agriculture

BEST/NCI Works and IVCC announce grant award

As a member of the Central Illinois Regional Manufacturing Initiative, B.E.S.T. Inc./NCI Works and IVCC are inviting individuals looking for careers in manufacturing and employers seeking job candidates with nationally-recognized safety credentials from the Manufacturing Skills Standards Council to consider participating in the Accelerated Training for Illinois Manufacturing (ATIM) Program.

ATIM is designed to provide accelerated manufacturing training tailored to specific needs of regional employers and is testing ways of providing accelerated services, training and placement of qualifying individuals into available skilled manufacturing jobs as quickly as possible. It offers tuition and other financial assistance to eligible individuals for training in machining, mechatronics (equipment service and repair), welding and logistics/inventory.

The employer involvement at various points throughout this program will help ensure the training is responding to the regional demand to fill current manufacturing vacancies, and that those who successfully complete the program will be ready for work on Day 1.

The $991,321 ATIM grant was awarded to a regional consortium that includes four local workforce investment boards, seven community colleges and a group of employers covering 25 counties in North Central Illinois. It is now accepting applications

Interested individuals and employers in the Peru-Sterling area should contact either Carrie Folken or Sally Pflibsen at 815-433-4550 or at carrie_folken@best-inc.org or sally_pflibsen@best-inc.org, respectively.

Pam Furlan, executive director of B.E.S.T. Inc./NCI Works, and Sue Isermann, IVCC associate vice president for academic affairs, represented their respective entities on the grant’s planning committee.

Financial support for ATIM is provided by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity using federal Workforce Investment Act (WIA) funds.

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