Advanced Manufacturing Training Center opens at Illinois community college

March 1, 2024
The manufacturing training facility is designed to equip students for a career in the electric vehicle (EV) industry and other manufacturing spheres.

A new Advanced Manufacturing Training Center has opened at Heartland Community College in Illinois. Governor JB Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) were present for the ribbon cutting ceremony. The manufacturing training facility is designed to equip students for a career in the electric vehicle (EV) industry and other manufacturing spheres. Students receive training, certificates, and degrees in Electric Vehicle (EV) and Energy Storage (ES) Technology. Those with prior experience in the traditional automotive industry can upskill with Electric Vehicle Technology Certificates. The 45,000-square-foot center, which also offers training programs on robotics, renewable energy, and automation, received a $7.5 million capital grant from the state. 

In a recent quote, Governor JB Pritzker said, "Programs such as Heartland's represent the best of Illinois' commitment to investing in and educating the next generation of workers. That's why my administration pledged $15 million to open these centers and why my FY25 budget proposes another $24 million—Illinois must be ready for the jobs of the future."

Heartland Community College President Keith Cornille added, "As the makeup of our regional workforce has changed so has the need for specialized skill training. This Advanced Manufacturing Center supports degree-oriented and short-term programs in vital Career Technical Education areas. This is the work-ready skill training that leads to in-demand jobs. Eighty percent of Heartland graduates in career programs find employment. By expanding these educational pathways, we will help students find a job, have an opportunity to upskill for a better job, and a career."

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