CHICAGO – May 12, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today announced that the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) will receive a total of more than $7.5 million to train and develop workers in smart grid technologies.
It is expected that over 49,000 power industry employees, union workers, teachers and students will be trained in the first three years of the program. The funding is made possible through the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) and Illinois Jobs Now! program, the job and capital construction plan signed into law by Governor Quinn last year.
“Illinois’ economic recovery must include the development of a more robust green sector that supports job creation and sustainable economic growth,” said Governor Quinn. “With the help of this funding, Illinois will have a pipeline of workers who are trained in 21st century green careers and smart grid technology, further addressing our energy independence goals.”
IIT will receive nearly $7.5 million in funding to develop a World-Class Smart Grid Education and Workforce Training Center, including a $2.5 million funding commitment by the state through the Illinois Jobs Now!.
The Center will use IIT’s strong Smart Grid and power engineering infrastructure to engage utilities, corporations, labor, veterans, K-12 educators and community colleges in a collaborative, statewide initiative to train the strongest workforce in the world to meet the global challenges in Smart Grid, energy independence, clean tech and sustainable energy.
Illinois Jobs Now! is a $31 billon program which will revive the state’s ailing economy by creating and retaining over 439,000 jobs over the next six years. For more information, please visit jobsnow.illinois.gov.