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GSU, SSC included in state’s $20M equitable workforce program

Governors State University and South Suburban College are among organizations receiving state  workforce development funding.

Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced this week that $20 million would be distributed among 44 community-based organizations to provided training and wrap-around services that will bolster equitable workforce recovery for those struggling to gain meaningful employment. 

GSU is slated to receive $450,000, and SSC will receive $130,000.

Through the Job Training and Economic Development Program (JTED) grants the organizations will be able to serve more than 2,500 individuals, with a special training focus on industries hardest-hit by the pandemic. 


JTED is part of Illinois’ workforce recovery efforts funded through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA).  

“Investing in our people is how we drive forward an equitable economy and help businesses hit hardest by the pandemic,” Pritzker said.

The funding will expand access to workforce training services and supports for Illinoisians in who are unemployed or underemployed, with a special emphasis on individuals living in low-income communities that have been hardest-hit by the pandemic. 

All training programs will provide the opportunity to earn a post-secondary or an industry-recognized credential or certification.  The program will also provide resources and support services to reduce challenges low-income job seekers often face. JTED also supports industries that have struggled with labor shortages during the pandemic by offering training with an emphasis on hard-hit sectors – such as construction or IT.  

In addition to providing an opportunity to earn credentials, JTED workforce partners also provide equity-driven services to ensure participants have the support they need to succeed. This includes ongoing career matching support and follow ups after applicants have completed training. Workforce partners will also provide barrier-reducing resources based on the needs of each individual participant. This assistance can include transportation help, childcare support, books, and more.  

For more information about JTED or other Office of Employment and Training programs, visit DCEO’s website and follow us on social media @IllinoisDCEO for future updates.

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