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SWIC Receives $1.2 Million Workforce Equity Grant for 2021

A $1.2 million Workforce Equity Initiative Grant from the Illinois Community College Board will enable Southwestern Illinois College to continue offering its one-year career training programs in East St. Louis.

“We’re able to continue the incredible work we’ve been doing at the East St. Louis Higher Education Campus,” said SWIC Executive Director of Enrollment Development Bob Tebbe. “We look forward to expanding career pathway programs and helping students achieve their educational and career goals.”

SWIC received a $1.4 million WEI grant in 2020 to develop employment training programs to assist minorities in underserved communities. Those programs include certificates in Welding, Nurse Assistant, Food Service, Forklift Training, and Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration. This year, 274 students completed certificate programs at ESLHEC.

Additional certificate programs for 2021 include Phlebotomy, Practical Nursing, and Help Desk.

“The goal is to provide underserved residents of the East St. Louis area with vital job skills so they can earn a prevailing wage,” Tebbe said.

The 2020 grant also allowed SWIC to purchase a food truck to teach a food service class and a mobile technical education trailer to teach precision machining in that community.

To help students start their new careers, SWIC has earmarked funds from the 2021 grant to provide a stipend to students who complete a certificate program and secure employment.

“Southwestern Illinois College is developing relationships with community programs and businesses to create a pathway for students once they complete the program to enter into employment,” said Programs Outreach Coordinator/ESLHEC Site Administrator Gary Cruise. “We are excited to receive the $1.2 million training grant and looking forward to SWIC being a part of changing lives.”

The award to SWIC is part of an $18.7 million ICCB grant to 17 community colleges throughout the state that serve larger African American and other minority populations.

While the first year of the initiative was impacted by the current health crisis, demand remained high with 1,840 Illinoisans enrolling in WEI programs in the spring of 2020.

With the support of Illinois’ Legislative Black Caucus and House Deputy Majority Leader Jehan Gordon-Booth, funding from the WEI allows participating colleges to develop or enhance training and career pathway programs in primarily five high demand employment sectors – health care, manufacturing and construction, transportation, information technology, and emergency services.

For the full WEI report visit:  http://www.illinoiswei.org/.

To find out how you can sign up for one of the WEI career training programs, contact Cruise at 618-874-6595 or leonard.cruise@swic.edu.

Emily Dawn Arbogast

Congratulations Emily Dawn Arbogast!

Belleville, IL

Emily Dawn Arbogast

In the degree of

Associate in Applied Science
in Medical Laboratory Technology

Marc Safford

Congratulations Marc Safford!

Belleville, IL

Marc Safford

In the degree of

Associate in Applied Science in Physical Therapist Assistant

Ashley Watts

Congratulations Ashley Watts!

Belleville, IL

Ashley Watts

In the degree of

Associate in Applied Science in Physical Therapist Assistant

Randi M Robbins

Congratulations Randi M Robbins!

Belleville, IL

Randi M Robbins

In the degree of

Associate in Applied Science
in Physical Therapist Assistant

Danielle S Mattea

Congratulations Danielle S Mattea!

Graduate statement:

To the SWIC PTA Class of 2020, We’ve been through the high of highs and lows of lows these last two years. There’s not a different group I would have rather spent it with. Not having a graduation does not take away from the fact that we accomplished something truly remarkable. We are going to make amazing clinicians! Proud of myself, proud of you, proud of us. Love always, Your Class President” – Mattea

Belleville, IL

Danielle S Mattea

In the degree of

Associate in Applied Science
in Physical Therapist Assistant

SOUTHWESTERN ILLINOIS COLLEGE

Physical Therapist Assistant Program- Leadership, Advocacy, and Perseverance Award, 2019-2020

Nominated By: Kim Snyder, PTA Program Coordinator

Danielle S Mattea

STUDENT RECOGNITION AWARDS 2020
Health Sciences & Homeland Security

Rachel Kendall

Congratulations Rachel Kendall!

Graduate Statement

“Yay, I did it!”

Belleville, IL

Rachel Kendall

In the degree of

Associate in Applied Science
Physical Therapist Assistant 

Michael Timothy Gill

Congratulations Michael Timothy Gill!

Belleville, IL

Michael Timothy Gill

In the degree of

Associate in Applied Science in Radiologic Technology

Jordan Clark Gamache

Congratulations Jordan Clark Gamache!

Belleville, IL

Jordan Clark Gamache

In the degree of

Associate in Applied Science in Radiologic Technology

Kameron Albert Toennies

Congratulations Kameron Albert Toennies!

Belleville, IL

Kameron Albert Toennies

In the degree of

Associate in Applied Science in Radiologic Technology