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Business Training Programs Eligible for IL Workforce Funds

"Life-changing" certificate training soon available for qualified residents

Thursday, July 14, 2016
Residents who cannot afford career training may soon be able to receive help from the state to obtain that training through Parkland College.

Parkland College Business Training and Community Education recently announced that five of its career-training programs have been approved to receive funding through the Illinois Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act by the following dates:
  • Food Service Sanitation: July 13, 2016 
  • Medical Billing: August 30, 2016
  • Pharmacy Technician: September 10, 2016
  • Fast Track Dietary Manager: September 26, 2016
  • Medical Coding: Spring 2017
The new state assistance brings the number of WIOA-approved programs available at Business Training and Community Education to six (Tractor Trailer Driver Training is also eligible). Each program is projected to have long-term growth through 2022, ranging from 6.78% to 14.93% locally, according to the Illinois Department of Employment Security's Employment Projections web page.

Most of the programs can be completed in one semester and will prepare students to take the related certification exams. For residents who qualify for WIOA funds, obtaining the certificate training could improve their lives, say BTCE officials.

"Having these in-demand career-training programs approved by the Workforce Investment Board will help individuals in our community quickly obtain the essential skills needed to enter or return to the workforce in the healthcare and service sectors," Director Triss Henderson said.

She added that the career programs listed are not financial-aid eligible, which makes the state assistance all the more vital for residents in need of training.

"We are here to provide opportunities to change lives, and now we have a more equipped platform to do so, with the support and funding from WIOA," added Jessie McClusky-Gilbert, BTCE's program manager for continual professional education.

Students interested in these programs who believe they may qualify for WIOA assistance should attend an orientation at the Illinois WorkNet Center, 1307 N. Mattis Ave., Champaign. They take place Mondays at 2 p.m. or Wednesdays at 10 a.m. For more information or to sign up for an orientation, call 217/531-8282.

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