John Wood Community College is one of three Illinois community colleges and one four-year university that will share in an $8.46 million grant to help create and expand "innovative partnerships" with businesses to educate and train workers with skills employers need in today's marketplace.
The funding comes through the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training program.
JWCC will receive $2.1 million for its role as a partner in the Mississippi River Transportation, Distribution and Logistics Consortium. The consortium answers a call from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to better organize and coordinate resources to address workforce needs along the Mississippi River.
JWCC's role will be to assist under-prepared people to move into local industries that focus on transportation and warehousing by upgrading the skills of people in transportation and distribution management, computer information systems and mechanical maintenance. JWCC will educate people to expand the workforce of computer support specialists, logisticians, operations managers and mechanical technicians.
JWCC met with Kohl Wholesale, Knapheide Manufacturing, ADM, Dot Foods, Titan Wheel International and members of the Great River Economic Development Foundationn to determine the specific needs of the region and gaps in the existing workforce that the grant might address.
This will be the third Trade Adjustment Act award to JWCC. In the two previous award cycles, JWCC was funded as part of Illinois based consortiums to develop programs first for the Illinois Green Economy Network and later for the Illinois Network for Advanced Manufacturing.