Building a strong workforce in our community.
By continually seeking new industry partnerships and state, regional, and national workforce resources, Parkland College strives to boost its communities' access to higher-paying jobs and advancing technologies and to meet the needs of district employers.
District workforce: a snapshot
Parkland College’s workforce development initiatives annually serve Local Workforce Investment Area #17, a region which includes:
- 261,232 Residents in Champaign, Ford, Piatt, and Iroquois counties
- 18,619 Business and community organizations
- 157,382 Area workers
- 9,047 Enrollments in Workforce Development programs
State/federal funding sources
Parkland successfully pursues state and federal funding to support initiatives in workforce development. Several state and federal grants it has obtained support training in healthcare, manufacturing, construction, and other key workforce areas in District 505.
| Grants for Workforce Development Projects||Amount awarded |
| ARRA Lean Healthcare (DCEO)|| $480,650|
| ARRA Sector-based Initiative Six Sigma (DCEO)|| $509,339|
| DCEO State Energy Sector Partnership|| $375,000|
| DCEO Grant Bridging the Digital Divide|| $47,500|
| Employer Trained Investment Program (ETIP)|| $144,395|
| ICCB Highway Construction Careers|| $354,634|
| ICCB Early School Leaver Transitional Program|| $50,000|
| ICCB Adult Education Bridge Program|| $22,500|
| Local Workforce Investment Board: Youth Program|| $50,000|
Programs and initiatives
Parkland College's workforce training programs and initiatives serve dislocated, underemployed, and underprepared working-age adults, as well as existing (incumbent) workers who need to upgrade their skills to move up in their careers.
- Dislocated Workers
Free workforce re-entry training: Through funding from the federal Workforce Investment Act (WIA) and Local Workforce Investment Board (LWIB) #17, workers who have been laid off (or notified that a layoff is coming) and those in need of retraining receive free services that direct them to careers in healthcare, manufacturing, and tractor trailer driving. Many dislocated workers receive short-term training that allows them to quickly reenter the workforce.
Parkland Workforce Development • Tawanna Nickens • 217/351-2390
- Underemployed Workers
Highway Construction Careers Training Program (HCCTP): Funded by a grant from the Illinois Department of Transportation and administered by the Illinois Community College Board (ICCB), this program will help increase the total number of minorities, women, and disadvantaged individuals working on IDOT highway construction projects. Parkland partners with the ICCB and other Illinois community colleges on this training program.
Parkland College Business Training • 217/351-2235
- Underprepared Workers
- Incumbent Workers