The Workforce Equity Initiative is an expansion of Lincoln Land Community College’s Open Door Mentorship program. The purpose of the Open Door – Workforce Equity Initiative is to provide training and supports to individuals which upon completion will lead to gainful employment. The program will focus on short-term, post-secondary career training in highly skilled and in-demand occupations.
The Workforce Equity Initiative, funded through an Illinois Community College Board grant, will serve more than 100 low-income students, 75% of whom must be African-American. Program participants will receive free tuition, a stipend, transportation assistance, child care assistance and other supports. The grant will allow us to provide program participants with career coaching, job readiness skills and financial literacy training. At the conclusion of the program we will also provide job placement assistance including job interview preparation, resume/cover letter development and more.
Training will be provided in: Basic Nurse Assistant (CNA), Central Sterile Service Technician (Medical Equipment Preparer), Clinical Medical Assistant, CNA to Clinical Medical Assistant, Dental Assistant, Electrocardiogram (ECG) Technician, Emergency Medical Technician (Basic), Pharmacy Tech, Phlebotomy Technician, Truck Driver Training, Auto Tech and Welding.
We will be collaborating with community organizations including, but not limited to, the Land of Lincoln Workforce Alliance, Springfield School District 186, Springfield Urban League, Springfield Black Chamber of Commerce, Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce and other groups to identify individuals who can benefit from this program. Businesses have also connected with us to learn how they can meet the needs of our participants, including organizations such as Memorial Medical Center, HSHS St. John’s Hospital and Green Family Stores, to name a few.
The Open Door – Workforce Equity Initiative will hold information sessions at LLCC’s Capital City Training Center, 130 W. Mason near downtown Springfield, room 202, on Monday, Nov. 11 from 9-10 a.m., 2-3 p.m. and 6:30-7:30 p.m. Additional sessions will also be held at the Springfield Urban League Empowerment Center, 700 S Livingston St., on Tuesday, Nov. 12 from noon-1 p.m. and 6-7 p.m.
Individuals interested in learning more about the program or who are interested in applying should visit www.llcc.edu/open-door-wei. Or feel free to contact me at email@example.com or Candace Silas, program navigator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.