Updated: November 28, 2013 6:02AM
The South Suburban College Business & Career Institute recently received a $150,000 Employer Training Investment Program grant from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.
The funds will be used to supplement up to $300,000 in employee training.
ETIP grants may reimburse Illinois companies for up to 50 percent of the eligible cost of training their employees. Participation in the program enables companies to remain competitive, expand into new markets and introduce more efficient technologies into their operations.
“We are extremely pleased to receive these additional funds from DCEO,” dean of extension services Becky Admave said. “This program has been very beneficial to manufacturers in the south suburban region in the past, and we look forward to putting it to good use.”
The Business & Career Institute has partnered with local manufacturers such as Gelita-USA’s Calumet City facility in recent years, assisting Gelita with employee training and the continuous improvement of housekeeping and organization standards at the site through the investment program, according to a news release from the college. Completion of this training has been crucial in the site’s ability to improve gelatin quality and output since 2011, according to the release.
The Business & Career Institute, which serves as a regional headquarters for workforce preparation, employee training, business development and technology deployment, is expanding its services to include a new four-hour consumer wellness advocate certification workshop and three new “green” certification programs titled Green Entrepreneur, Green Building Construction and, lastly, Industrial/Brownfield Safety, Land Reuse and Public Health.
For more information call (708) 596-2000, Ext. 2522.