Workforce Equity Initiative

This initiative focuses on developing our area’s workforce by providing participants with a credential and a living wage. It addresses high demand-careers and targets low-income individuals, those living in high crime and high poverty areas, unemployed individuals and minorities.

Participating Programs

Architecture & Construction

HVAC Residential Installer

Take your first step to a career in the Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) industry. Students completing this certificate will be prepared to work as entry-level residential furnace and air conditioner installers.

HVAC Technician

This certificate prepares students for entry-level work as a Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) technician. Students will build on the HVAC Residential Installer certificate and increase their employment opportunities.

Health Science

Central Sterile Service Technician

Central Sterile Service Technicians are members of healthcare teams responsible for decontaminating, inspecting, assembling, disassembling, packaging, and sterilizing reusable surgical instruments or devices that are essential for patient safety in a healthcare facility.

Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)

Becoming an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) is the first level of EMT training. EMTs are well-versed in basic emergency care skills with the ability to assess a patient’s condition and take actions to treat and stabilize the patient so he or she can be transported to a hospital.

Licensed Practical Nurse

This program is designed to prepare the nursing graduate to give nursing care to patients at the bedside under the direction of a registered nurse, licensed physician, dentist, or podiatrist.

Information Technology

CompTIA Certifications

The Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) is a leading voice and advocate for the $5 trillion global information technology ecosystem; and the estimated 75 million industry and tech professionals who design, implement, manage and safeguard the technology that powers the world’s economy.


CNC Machine Operator

CNC Machine Operators are an important part of the manufacturing industry. These individuals interpret blueprints and operate computer numerically controlled (CNC) machine tools to produce parts and materials used in manufacturing.

Welding Operator

The Welding Operator Certificate program prepares students with entry-level skills in the major commercial welding processes, SMAW and GMAW. With welding skills in both processes, completers of the Welding Operator Certificate might seek entry-level welder positions in the construction as well as the manufacturing industry.

Welding Specialist

This program develops entry-level welders for industry with additional skills as well as enrichment in related areas such as drafting, machine trades, industrial safety, and mathematics.

Welding Technology

Welders are in great demand in the manufacturing and construction industries, which require the expertise of trained welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers. This program specifically prepares you for jobs with a variety of employers.

Transportation, Distribution & Logistics

Truck Driver Training

Slide behind the wheel of a big rig with the Truck Driver Training program. Get moving when you pass the Illinois Class A road test. Learn the skills you need for the road.