Chicago Heights Resource Center gets half a million for apprentices

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CHICAGO HEIGHTS, IL — The Bethel Family Resource Center will receive a tranche of a nearly $10 million funding package to encourage pre-apprenticeship programs in the southern suburbs, Sen. Patrick Joyce (D-Essex) announced Friday.

In addition to Bethel, 22 other organizations will receive $9.6 million award money from the Illinois Works Jobs Program Act, a subset of Governor JB Pritzker’s Rebuild Illinois program funds.

“Pre-apprenticeship programs play a vital role in our skilled workforce,” Joyce said in a press release. “This funding will provide opportunities for people looking to start a career in the trades.”

The Bethel Family Resource Center offers over 15 programs, many of which offer apprenticeship training. The construction and building trades generally employ full-time apprentices to complete the practical part of their training in jobs such as electricians, carpenters and boilermakers.

Pre-apprenticeship programs create a fixed path for graduates to move from coursework to apprenticeship.

“The apprenticeship programs are extremely competitive,” Joyce said. “Investments that directly provide greater access to these programs are a step in the right direction.”

More information about the Illinois Works program can be found here.

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