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Workforce Equity Initiative

Workforce Equity Initiative

Located at our Matteson Area Center, 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.

WEI also offers students an optional 6-week college bridge program to enhance college-readiness by boosting competence in reading comprehension, writing and math. Completing participants receive a $250 stipend.

Application Eligibility and Contacts
To become eligible for this grant opportunity, applicants 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.

Denise Redick, M.A. Outreach Coordinator - dredick@prairiestate.edu (708) 586-7832

Brian Stanley, M.P.A., M.A. Manager - bstanley1@prairiestate.edu (708) 584-0755

LeLonna Goodson, M.Ed. Retention Advisor - lgoodson3@prairiestate.edu, (708) 607-2116

Tiffany Brewer, Ph.D Dean of Equity and Inclusion - tbrewer1@prairiestate.edu, Google Voice: 708-202-9462

Non-credit Courses
  • Auto Lube Technician
  • CDL
  • CMA (Clinical Medical Assistant)
  • Dialysis Technician
  • EKG/ Cardiovascular Technician
  • Forklift
  • Medical Billing and Coding (3 classes)
  • OSHA
  • Pharmacy Technician
Credit Courses
  • Advanced Technician Firefighter
  • Basic Firefighter I
  • Basic Firefighter II
  • CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant)
  • Dental Hygiene
  • Firefighter/ EMT Certification
  • Google IT
  • HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning)
  • Nursing (A.A.)*
  • Surgical Technology
*Funding for this program is suspended.


Credit Courses must be completed by June 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

Pathway to Success Contract