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Workforce Equity Initiative


The PSC Workforce Equity Initiative (WEI) is an educational grant program funded by the Illinois Community College Board (ICCB).

The purpose of the WEI grant is to accelerate the time for 60% of African Americans enrolled to enter and succeed in postsecondary education/training that leads to employment in high skilled, high wage, and in-demand occupations. This includes a Pathway to Success Plan for each student that includes advising and wrap-around student support services that address the individual barriers to student success. Furthermore, we include a robust “Finish What You Started” recruitment effort targeting students that were close to degree completion but dropped out within the last two years. Overall, the WEI grant focuses on supporting students’ completion of accelerated certificates and pathway programs in high demand, high skill, and high wage industries.

Application Eligibility and Contacts
To become eligible for this grant opportunity, applicants must attend a virtual orientation and must complete the WEI grant application and Pathway to Success Contract and complete an interview with a member of our team.
 

Click on the Apply Now link above to receive and complete an electronic application. For more questions, please feel free to contact any member of our Workforce Equity Initiative team.

Brian Stanley, M.P.A., M.A. Manager - bstanley1@prairiestate.edu (708) 709-3554 Google Voice: (708) 584-0755

Ebonie Allen Retention Advisor - ehughes@prairiestate.edu (708) 709-3554

Dr. Jermaine G. Morales Sr. Director of TRIO Support Programs - jmorales10@prairiestate.edu (708) 709-7936

Chauna Powell Retention Advisor - cpowell8@prairiestate.edu (708) 232-8734

Non-credit Courses
  • Automotive Technician
  • CDL
  • CMA (Clinical Medical Assistant)
  • Dialysis Technician
  • EKG/ Cardiovascular Technician
  • Forklift
  • Human Resource Management - aPHR Certificate
  • Medical Billing and Coding (3 classes)
  • OSHA
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Real Estate (2 classes)
Credit Courses
  • Advanced Technician Firefighter
  • Basic Firefighter I
  • Basic Firefighter II
  • CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant)
  • Dental Assistant
  • Dental Hygiene
  • Firefighter/ EMT Certification
  • Google IT
  • Digital Design
  • Graphic Design
  • Group Fitness
  • HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning)
  • Personal Trainer
  • Nursing (A.A.)
  • Surgical Technology

 

Credit Courses must be completed by December 31, 2022

In an effort to identify needs and resources, students receiving WEI grant funds are expected to speak with the Retention Advisor.

We are expecting you to find employment and/ or enhance your career and plan to follow up with you within 6 months of the successful completion of your program.

Workforce Equity Initiative Participant Application

(Application 1 of 2)

Pathway to Success Contract

(Application 2 of 2)