Revitalizing Manufacturing in Central Illinois

Please join us to learn about the Manufacturing Academy opportunity:
January 6, 2021 at 10 am -OR- January 7, 2021 at 4 pm

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Recording of 1/7/21 Manufacturing Academy Zoom Information Session

THE NEED: State of the Workforce – a New Reality

Currently, 44,658 workers are employed in manufacturing occupations across four community college districts in Central Illinois. Manufacturing is one of our region’s top industries.
From 2020 to 2025, the number of manufacturing jobs is projected to increase by 6.3% in the Central Illinois region. This area spans four community college districts serving 844 manufacturing companies.

Equipping an Underskilled, Emerging Workforce for High-Demand Jobs

  • According to the United States Census Bureau, less than 40% of individuals over age 24 have a post-secondary credential in the Peoria Metropolitan Statistical Area.
  • Currently 60% of regional jobs require credentials beyond high school.
  • Between January 2010 and January 2016, 11.6 million jobs were created and 99% went to workers with at least some education beyond high school.

Manufacturers cannot stabilize or increase their production without a highly-skilled workforce. A state-of-the-art Manufacturing Academy in Central Illinois will not only benefit manufacturers and improve regional economic vitality but it would also enable individuals to change the trajectory of their lives. Earning a credential with labor market value has been the only effective method for freeing families from generational poverty. A Manufacturing Academy in Central Illinois provides all of these outcomes.