Workforce Equity Initiative
This initiative focuses on growing our area’s workforce by providing participants with a credential and a living wage. It addresses high-demand careers, targeting the underemployed and African American adults. The end goal is securing participants a full-time career.
Learn more about the initiative programs:
Computer Numerical Control (CNC)
Almost every object you see in the world, from a desk to a car engine to the wings of an airplane, contains parts created by a machinist. Like a sculptor, a machinist uses high-tech cutting machines to shape metal, plastic, ceramic, composites, and wood into something new.
As a CNC Machine Operator, you will enjoy a long-term career with a good salary, job advancement opportunities, and a career working with your hands and cutting-edge technology. The ICC Earn and Learn programs offer both credit and non-credit certifications in this field.
The average annual salary for CNC Machinists is $34,694.40. The entry-level annual salary is $29,265.60.
Welding is a fabrication or sculptural process joining materials, usually metals or thermoplastics, using high heat to melt parts together and cooling with friction. As a welder, you will fabricate and assemble metal structures and equipment through the use of welders, cutters, shapers, and measuring tools. Welders produce metal products according to customer and employer specifications; repair and maintain metal equipment; and repair and maintain structures of various sizes. Instruction also includes learning how to read drawings and details of what needs to be created.
As a welder, you will enjoy a long-term career, job advancement opportunities, and a career working with your hands and cutting-edge technology.
The average annual salary for welders is $38,459.20. The entry-level annual salary is $33,800.00.
ICC’s Truck Driver Certificate Training Program gets you ready for the long haul. This four-week course is developed for beginning drivers or those who have minimal commercial driving experience. Instruction includes, but is not limited to, Department of Transportation (DOT) rules and regulations; endorsement preparation; logbook protocol; map reading; trip planning; and complete training on an 18-wheeler. A majority of students who complete this program have immediate job offers with benefits that typically include medical, dental, vision, retirement, bonuses, and more. Most truck drivers don’t have to consider relocating since drivers are dispatched from home.
At the end of this non-credit certificate program, you’ll take the Illinois Secretary of State’s Class A road test.
The average annual salary for truck drivers is $37,772.80. The entry-level annual salary is $30,139.20.
The LAN Technician Certificate is designed to provide students with hands-on experience in entry-level technologies that focus on core routing and switching, computer hardware, and operating systems. Instruction includes, but is not limited to, networking standards; LAN protocols; cabling standards; IP addressing; and security.
This certificate is 18 credit hours, which participants can complete in approximately one semester at ICC before acquiring an entry-level job in information technology. The coursework is aligned to the CompTIA A+ and Cisco CCENT industry certifications. LAN Tech certificate prepares participants for entry-level networking opportunities and is stackable with the Cisco AAS, Networking AAS, and other additional certifications.
The average annual salary for LAN technicians is $70,553.60. The entry-level annual salary is $55,806.40.
A CompTIA A+ certification is the basic level skill needed by today’s computer support professionals. Instruction includes, but is not limited to, hardware and peripherals; mobile device hardware; networking; troubleshooting hardware and network connectivity issues; installing a configuring operating system, such as Windows, iOS, Android, macOS and Linux; and learning about topics like security, cloud computing, and operational procedures.
This is a four-week course. Participants who complete the course are provided a voucher for the certification exam and practice exams.
The average annual salary for CompTIA A+ graduates is $42,889.60. The entry-level annual salary is $34,652.80.
Cisco Certified Network Administrator (CCNA)
The Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) Certificate training provides participants hands-on networking experience in associate-level technologies. It focuses on core routing and switching while preparing participants for the CCNA exam. Instruction includes, but is not limited to, networking standards; LAN and WAN protocols; cabling standards; IP addressing; and various routing protocols.
Participants should complete the CompTIA A+ certification training prior. Participants who complete the program will have the same qualifications as a LAN Technician and will be eligible to test for industry credentials.
This is an eight-week course. Participants who complete the course are provided a voucher for the certification exam and practice exams.
The average annual salary for CCNA network administrators is $55,286.40. The entry-level annual salary is $44,865.60.
Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)
As an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) you’ll be part of the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) system. The EMS system was designed to bring emergency medical care to patients in the field by traveling to where the care is needed.
Completion of the EMT Program can result in an EMT-B industry certification.
The average annual salary for EMTs is $27,622.40. The entry-level annual salary is $23,233.60.
Paramedics provide pre-hospital emergency care to victims of medical and traumatic emergencies. A licensed paramedic has attained the highest level of EMT training.
Completion of the Paramedic program can result in EMT-P industry certification.
The average annual salary for paramedics is $34,320.00. The entry-level annual salary is $27,289.60.