Lewis and Clark to use grant to train workers

News-DemocratJanuary 1, 2014 

Gov. Pat Quinn announced that Lewis and Clark Community College in Godfrey is leading a consortium of nine community colleges in eight states that have been awarded $23.8 million in federal money to train and place workers in high-skill transportation, distribution and logistics jobs.

Lewis and Clark will receive $4.9 million. The announcement is part of Quinn's commitment to driving Illinois' economy forward and ensuring all people have the opportunity to follow their dreams and reach their full potential, he said.

"This pairing of community colleges with on-the-move career opportunities is a great fit," Quinn said. "With Lewis and Clark leading the way, we look forward to providing high-paying, in-demand jobs for thousands of workers and supplying industries with the skilled workers they need."

The only other local school to receive the money is St. Louis Community College, which gets $3 million.

During the next three years, Lewis and Clark will train 300 students and program participants from throughout the community college district. Lewis and Clark's industry partners include Phillips 66, Olin-Winchester, Cassens Transport Co., and many others.

Southwestern Illinois College offers free English-as-a-second-language courses in January available to GED students, recent GED certificate recipients, anyone without a high school diploma, anyone in a Department of Human Services program, anyone for whom English is a second language, and other eligible students.

Classes are Jan. 13 to March 6 at the SWIC Belleville Campus, 2500 Carlyle Ave., the Sam Wolf Granite City Campus, 4950 Maryville Road, and at the Collinsville High School campus at 2201 S. Morrison St.

A class also is at Fairmont City Library, 2870 N. 44th St., from Jan. 15 to March 7. For more information, call 222-05363.

A faculty member at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville in the School of Pharmacy received the Learn Outreach Award from the American Diabetes Association.

Jessica Kerr, an associate professor and assistant chair in the Department of Pharmacy Practice, coordinates an annual diabetes patient education day on the SIUE campus. She began the effort in 2007 and reached 15 people. This year, the program reached more than 150 people.

The award is presented to a volunteer who has demonstrated a significant and ongoing commitment to those affected by diabetes by organizing, conducting and facilitating ADA programs and activities that provide education, increase awareness and deliver services in their community.

Contact reporter Scott Wuerz at swuerz@bnd.com or call 618-239-2626.

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