ICC Hosts Inaugural National Apprenticeship Week Events November 2-6

Illinois Central College will host several activities November 2-6, as part of the U.S. Department of Labor’s inaugural National Apprenticeship Week. The week is set aside to promote the impact apprenticeship opportunities have in the training of the 21st century workforce and to gain support for the U.S. Department of Labor’s goal to double the number of available apprenticeships in the United States.

The College will highlight its partnerships with area employers to create middle-class jobs in high-demand fields such as manufacturing, healthcare and IT, and to encourage other local businesses to support and offer apprenticeship opportunities to students. Area legislators and representatives from local community organizations also will be invited to several of the events during the week.

“ICC is pleased to host this week’s events to bring awareness to the community on the importance of apprenticeships in building a well-trained, ready-to-work labor force,” said Dr. William Tammone, ICC interim president.

“Apprenticeships not only benefit the students by providing real-world, hands-on experience, but they are proven to diversify the workforce, standardize training and improve productivity and profitability for participating business partners. While this week focuses on the national initiative, we stand to learn from the success seen in several European countries where apprenticeship opportunities are abundant.”

The week’s activities kick off with a Meet and Greet on Monday, November 2, in which students enrolled in the first-in-the-nation Associate of Applied Science degree in Secure Software Development at ICC will have an opportunity to meet participating apprenticeship employers Caterpillar Inc., CEFCU, Facet Technologies and Ishpi Information Technologies.

On Tuesday, November 3, ICC will host a leadership briefing and interchange to share and discuss information about apprenticeships for minorities and women in the areas of manufacturing, healthcare and IT. The event is co-sponsored by District 150 and will include presentations by industry leaders, employers and practitioners on current and future apprenticeship opportunities. Later that day, there will be a brainstorming session with ICC, #YesWeCode of Oakland, Calif., Focus: Hope of Detroit, Mich., and other organizations to find ways of sharing best practices to enhance minority recruitment into apprenticeship programs nationwide.

On Wednesday, November 4, local community organizations responsible for workforce development programs and for creating pathways to middle-class jobs will meet to discuss a shared vision and strategies to reduce duplication efforts.

On Thursday, November 5, military veterans will have the opportunity to work with ICC Career Services staff to develop a winning resume, learn ways to search for apprenticeships and hone interviewing and networking skills. Illinois State Rep. Leitch and others will share their thoughts on the value of apprenticeships.

The week’s activities will conclude with a CEO breakfast on Friday, November 6, to engage chief executive officers and chief IT and human resources administrators from the local manufacturing, healthcare and IT industries in conversations about the importance of apprenticeship opportunities in restoring the economic security of the middle class.

Illinois Central College is the educational partner for the Greater Peoria Economic Development Council’s Central Illinois Center of Excellence for Secure Software (CICESS) initiative. The Secure Software program is a two-and-a –half year program at ICC held in conjunction with the CICESS initiative and is the first Associate in Applied Science degree in Secure Software Development in the nation. The program began in August 2015 and includes college-level programming instruction coupled with on-the-job apprenticeship training at one of four local business partners. Students are trained in techniques developed and approved by the Department of Homeland Security and Carnegie Mellon University.

For questions on the National Apprenticeship Week or the AAS in Secure Software Development degree program at ICC, contact ICC at (309) 694-5-ICC, or visit icc.edu/Apprenticeships