www.illinois.gov

Pat Quinn, Governor

State Links Skip to Content Skip to State Links

 Government
 Business
 Employment
 Education
 Health & Safety
 Family & Home
 Visiting
 About Illinois
 Illinois.gov

Stay Informed

Your Government


Illinois Flag Honors

Inspector General


 IGNN: State/All Press Release

ILLINOIS NEWS
The State of Illinois News page provides access to the Illinois Government News Network and all state press releases.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 25, 2003

Governor announces technology center training grants

DIXON, ILL. – Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich today announced 55 training grants totaling nearly $2 million have been awarded to help establish, administer and expand 55 community-based technology centers throughout the state. The governor made his announcement at Sauk Valley Community College, 173 Illinois Route 2, during a three day tour of north west Illinois.

 

The Community Technology Centers (CTCs) provide computer access and educational services to assist residents to compete in the new economy and to fund related activities through the Eliminate the Digital Divide program. 

 

“We need to ensure that everyone in Illinois -- regardless of where they live -- has the opportunity to access these tools, improve their skills and make themselves available for the job opportunities that our economy is creating,” Blagojevich said. “Technology is one important way our citizens will move this state forward.”

 

CTCs serve a diverse population and provide technology access to individuals and communities that would not otherwise have access to computers and telecommunications technologies. 

 

“Having a well-trained and diverse work force is a key element in attracting new and expanding businesses to Illinois which then creates job opportunities for the people in this state,” the governor said.

 

CTCs recognize people who do not have regular access to computer and telecommunications technology are at a distinct disadvantage in the labor force.  CTC activities are targeted to low-income communities throughout Illinois.

 

This is the first year grants were made in conjunction with legislation passed last year, which established a new state fund to support the Eliminate the Digital Divide Program.  Telecommunication carrier SBC/Ameritech is required to contribute a minimum of $15 million in three equal installments to fund between now and July 2005. 



###

News Categories

 State/All
 Governor's Office
 Lt. Governor's Office
 Agriculture
 Budget/Fiscal
 Business
 Children/Families
 Culture
 Disabilities
 Economic Development
 Education
 Environment
 Flag Honors
 Health/Human Services
 History
 Infrastructure
 Opportunity Returns
 Recovery
 Safety/Security
 Technology
 Tourism/Recreation
 Transportation
 Workforce/Jobs

News Resources

 Search the News
 IIS Radio News
 RSS News Feeds
 e-News Subscriptions
 Communications Office
 Privacy Statement

Features

Sign up for an e-news subscription
Copyright © 2014 State of Illinois Site Map | Illinois Privacy Info | Kids Privacy | Web Accessibility | Contact Us