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.

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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.

HVAC Residential Installer

The Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) Residential Installer certificate program will provide students with the knowledge and skills to understand and follow the manufacturer’s specifications when installing basic residential heating and air conditioning equipment as well as the skills to complete the installation. Students will learn the theory of residential heating and cooling through lab experiences as well as lectures.After completing the HVAC Residential Installer certificate, the graduate will be able to work as entry-level residential furnace and air conditioner installers.

HVAC Technician

The HVAC Technician certificate program will provide students with the knowledge and skills pertaining to the maintenance and repair of air conditioning systems as well as the following heating systems: natural gas, propane, electric, air source heat pumps, and geothermal heating systems. The Residential Installer certificate is required to enter this program. Students must complete the Academic Placement Test before admission into this program.After completing this certificate, the graduate will be able to work as an entry-level HVAC technician or general facilities repair person.


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.


Truck Driving

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.

Information Technology (IT)

CompTIA Fundamentals

Students completing CompTIA Fundamentals will acquire the knowledge and skills required to identify and explain the basics of Computing, IT infrastructure, Software development, and Database use. In addition, students will learn how to install software, establish basic network connectivity, and identify/prevent basic security risks. Additional skills will be taught in the areas of troubleshooting theory and preventive maintenance of devices.This is a 8-week course.

The average annual salary for CompTIA Fundamental graduates is $38,114. The entry-level salary ranges between $23,085

Health Careers

Central Sterile Service Technician

The Central Sterile Service Technician plays a critical role in preventing infection by sterilizing, cleaning, processing, assembling, storing, and distributing medical supplies. The Central Sterile Service Technician program at ICC prepares competent entry-level technicians within the necessary cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains. This program provides students with the opportunity to develop the skills and knowledge necessary to gain employment as Central Sterile Service Technicians and become contributing members of the health care team.

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.

Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)

LPN Program RequirementsApplication for the program must be submitted by September 1, 2022, for a January 2023 start date. The next step is to schedule a time with Health Careers Success Advisor.

Admission to LPN program is required prior to securing grant benefits.

Grant funding is pending – do not assume grant is available unless admitted to LPN program by Health Careers and receiving grant funding approval from Workforce.

Thank you for your interest in Illinois Central College’s Workforce Equity Initiative. Call (309) 690-7600 for more information.

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