Sandburg puts $1M grant to use

Carl Sandburg College is a recipient of a grant that is being used to expand the school’s electrical lab and vocational curriculum. 

Worth nearly $1 million, the grant has been used to put in 10 new welding bays, now giving them a total of 25. 

The funds are also helping to expand certificates the college offers.

The programs have two new tracks, one in bio-processing and one in manufacturing.

Both of them begin with a one-semester certificate followed by options of a one-year certificate and a two-year Associate in Applied Sciences degree.

The grant comes from a U.S. Department of Labor program known as Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training.

Five Illinois colleges, including Sandburg, are part of a consortium that applied for the grant with the proposal “Building Illinois’ Bioeconomy”.

The focus is on partnering colleges with regional employers to support employment needs in areas that support biofuels.

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