Pritzker announces $13 million expansion of pre-apprenticeship program designed to promote diversity, inclusion

“We’re ensuring that Illinoisans across the state have access to the resources and wraparound support that sets them up for success,” Pritzker said in marking the second year expansion at St. Augustine College in Uptown. St. Augustine’s Aurora and Grayslake locations received $1 million in funding for the program.

SHARE Pritzker announces $13 million expansion of pre-apprenticeship program designed to promote diversity, inclusion
Gov. J.B. Pritzker announces a $13 million expansion of an Illinois Works program to benefit a pre-apprenticeship program.

Gov. J.B. Pritzker announces a $13 million expansion of an Illinois Works program to benefit a pre-apprenticeship program on Friday.

Screenshot from Illinois Department of Central Management Services

Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Friday announced a $13 million expansion of a pre-apprenticeship program that creates a pipeline for diverse candidates in construction and the building trades — including more than $6 million for Chicago organizations.

The Illinois Works Pre-Apprenticeship Program, launched in 2021, has increased by 40%, and is now serving up to 1,400 pre-apprentices, the governor’s office said.

During its first year, which ended in December, the program administered by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity awarded nearly $10 million in funding to 22 organizations, supporting 1,024 participants across the state.

In total, $13 million has been awarded this year to 30 recipients under the program, including $1.48 million for three new Chicago organizations.

“We’re ensuring that Illinoisans across the state have access to the resources and wraparound support that sets them up for success,” Pritzker said in marking the second year expansion at St. Augustine College in Uptown. St. Augustine’s Aurora and Grayslake locations received $1 million in funding for the program.

New grantees in Chicago include the National Latino Education Institute, Project Hood Communities Development Corporation and the Rincon Family Services.

Participants in the program are offered free tuition and receive a stipend and other services to help enter the construction industry. After completing the program, pre-apprentices receive certifications that prepare them to quality to continue to a registered apprenticeship program in one of the trades.

The program, signed into law in 2019, was designed to promote diversity, inclusion and use of apprentices in state-funded capital projects, the governor’s office said.

The Latest
Rack City, a faction of the Black P Stone Nation also known as the Racketeers, claims territory around West 93rd and South Halsted streets. For years they’ve been in a violent rivalry with a Gangster Disciples faction known as the Princeton Park GDs, authorities say.
The No. 9 overall pick is still recovering from the hamstring injury he suffered during rookie minicamp.
El Programa Puente de Acceso iba a ser temporal y su final estaba planeado inicialmente para diciembre. Ahora se espera que finalice en agosto.
Illinois mistakenly overspent its latest round of funding and will run out of money for hundreds of programs statewide that serve around 40,000 students, including about 15,000 kids in Chicago. Advocates encouraged state lawmakers to intervene.
MLB
MLB has been experimenting with the automated ball-strike system in minor leagues since 2019.