03282019CM0434ARLINGTON HEIGHTS – State Senator Ann Gillespie’s (D-Arlington Heights) proposed grant program designed to close educational and employment shortfalls in the manufacturing, health care and innovative technology industries was signed into law.

Senate Bill 1919 creates the 21st Century Employment Grant Program. The program creates an advisory board of employers, educators and unions to analyze shortfalls in work skills needed today and for the future. Grants from the program will be awarded to community colleges and high schools working with local businesses to develop those skills in their students while filling job vacancies in the community.

“Employers want to be based in states that make long-term investments in their workforce,” said Gillespie. “Not only will this measure fill well-paying jobs that already exist, but they will also make Illinois more attractive to prospective employers and create jobs in every community.”

The Illinois Community College Board will track the progress of each grant recipient to ensure that the educational and employment goals in their community are being met.

Senate Bill 1919 is effective immediately.