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ERIC Number: ED515144
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 13
Abstractor: ERIC
Illinois Community College System Workforce Development Grant Report Business and Industry Services, Fiscal Year 2008
Illinois Community College Board
The Illinois Community College Board provided more than $3.3 million to community colleges during fiscal year 2008 to provide workforce and economic development services through their Business and Industry Centers. The workforce development activities conducted under this grant include customized job training on campus or on-site at a business; assisting entrepreneurs in business start-up; providing counseling and management assistance to small and medium sized business owners; helping businesses with government procurement opportunities; offering professional continuing education; developing training programs for unemployed and underemployed workers; and serving businesses with alternative education modalities, such as distance learning. The grant funds allow colleges to help companies grow by providing economic development assistance at costs they can afford and by providing needed technical and English language training for upgrading workers' skills. This paper highlights the community colleges' activities for fiscal year 2008. Illinois Community colleges provided workforce and economic development services to a total of nearly 185,000 businesses and individuals. These services resulted in the start up of over 250 companies, expansion of almost 260 companies, and retention of more than 850 companies. In addition, nearly 2,750 jobs were created and more than another 13,000 jobs were retained.
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Illinois Community College Board
Identifiers - Location: Illinois