LLCC awarded $1.2 million to continue Open Door Workforce Equity Initiative

Lincoln Land Community College has been awarded $1.2 million by the Illinois Community College Board to continue the college’s Open Door Workforce Equity Initiative for another year.

The Open Door Workforce Equity Initiative will allow approximately 150 low-income students to enroll free of charge in short-term training programs leading to immediate employment, including truck driver training, automotive technology, welding and various health care programs such as basic nurse assistant (CNA), clinical medical assistant, dental assistant, pharmacy technician, phlebotomy technician, emergency medical technician and central sterile service technician.  Under terms of the grant, 75% percent of participants must be African-American.

The program also provides participants with a stipend, transportation and childcare assistance along with other supports to ensure they can be successful in completing their training program and securing gainful employment.

“LLCC is committed to equity and ensuring all individuals have access to opportunities for career success,” said Dr. Lesley Frederick, vice president of student services. “This grant will allow us to expand this life-changing program aimed at improving equity in the workforce and addressing identified workforce gaps in our community.”

Students interested in applying for the free training programs should visit or contact Candace Silas, director, at [email protected] or Brandon Lewis, program navigator, at [email protected].

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