Local colleges, university soliciting input for IT grant

Illinois Central College
Illinois Central College(25 News/Heart of Illinois ABC)
Published: Nov. 23, 2021 at 12:31 PM CST
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(25 NEWS) - Illinois Central College -- along with Bradley University and Eureka College -- is looking for input from local IT companies to bring in a potential $15 million grant to Central Illinois.

The grant would fund a program called the Hired! IT Workforce Accelerator project, according to a release from the college, helping ICC, Bradley and Eureka design training and educational programs to be delivered at no cost.

ICC said these programs will certify individuals to meet employers’ current and future IT staffing needs and fill critical workforce gaps.

There are more than 32,000 current job openings in Ilinois for computer technicians and over 61,000 open positions for software developers and quality analytics, according to the latest Illinois Community College Economic Impact Study released in September.

With both new jobs and jobs vacated due to retirement and turnover, the Greater Peoria region is expected to experience 1,049 IT job openings each year through 2026, according to Emsi data. Currently, less than 40 percent of individuals over the age of 24 have a post-secondary credential while 60 percent of jobs require a credential beyond high school.

Companies interested in bringing this money to the region should visit by December 7, 2021.

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