Changing Workforce / Career Development

Illinois budget crisis clouds manufacturing education at community colleges

By Medill News Service

Jun 06, 2016

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The state’s financial crisis is undermining community college efforts to equip Illinoisans, particularly from low-income families, with high-tech manufacturing skills at a time when manufacturing jobs are again on the rise after a decade-long decline.

Manufacturing departments at some community colleges shortchanged by the budget-less state of Illinois have been tightening their belts by scaling back equipment procurement for education purposes or offering fewer openings to educate future highly-skilled workers sought after by employers facing a talent shortfall.

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