The Southern Illinois Workforce Development Board is proud to announce that Man-Tra-Con, Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, and Spero Family Services were named among 44 community-based organizations throughout the state of Illinois to receive a total of $12 million in funding from the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) for training and related support services to help individuals struggling to find meaningful employment.
Funding received through the Illinois Job Training and Economic Development Program (JTED), a part of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), will serve more than 2,500 individuals and industries hit hardest by the pandemic. With a goal to expand access to workforce training and support services, the investment will focus specifically on the unemployed, and under-employed, with a special focus on reducing barriers for those living in low-income communities that have been struggling as a result of the pandemic. For individuals seeking employment, funding for training programs will provide access to post secondary education, industry recognized credentials or certifications, and will include support services both during and after the training period.
As part of the recovery effort, JTED funding also seeks to support industries and sectors that have struggled with labor shortages during the pandemic, such as hospitality, manufacturing, construction, and IT. The grant funded training assistance will help promote economic recovery for both residents and businesses within southern Illinois and throughout the state.