Nearly $10-million in grant money from the federal government is coming to SIU-Edwardsville as it seeks to keep churning out students with skills geared toward new and emerging technologies. Teaming with Lewis & Clark Community College in Godfrey and several other community colleges around the state, the plan is to help job seekers get the skills they need for in-demand jobs in industries like information technology, health care, energy and advanced manufacturing.
The team at the University’s Corn to Ethanol Research Center started the grant application that resulted in this week’s award. Courtney Breckenridge, SIUE’s Director of Communications, says this is an exciting opportunity.
Click here for Breckenridge's comments
The grant will also create the first ever bioprocess technician certificate program in the nation that Breckenridge says should set the standard for training skilled workers to manage bioprocessing plant operations, which are taking an ever increasing importance in the nation’s economy. This comprehensive plan will connect veterans, TAA-eligible workers, unemployed persons, underserved minorities, and rural workers with in-demand careers that directly contribute to Illinois’ and the nation’s economic and environmental sustainability.