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

 IDOT Highway Construction Careers Training Program

$354,400

 ICCB Early School Leaver Transition Program

 $50,000

 WIOA Title I: Youth Program

 $50,000

WIOA Title II: Adult Education and Family Literacy

$408,000

Career and Technical Education Perkins Post-Secondary

$379,821

Illinois Department of Public Health: HRSA to Support Oral Health Workforce Activities

$10,405

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.

Free Workforce Re-entry Training

Through funding from the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) and Local Workforce Innovation Board #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 Adult Education and Workforce Development • 217/351-2390


Highway Construction Careers Training Program (HCCTP)

Funded by a grant from the Illinois Department of Transportation, 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.

Business Training & Community Education  • 217/351-2235