EAST PEORIA — A federal grant will allow Illinois Central College to build a new, expanded workforce-training building that could open by late 2020 or early 2021.
The $3 million Economic Development Administration grant for ICC’s Workforce Sustainability Center was announced Tuesday afternoon by U.S. Rep. Darin LaHood’s office.
It’s slated, with the aid of state and local funds, to replace the Dirksen Hall structure that dates to the opening of the East Peoria campus more than 50 years ago.
“As I look at the economy now, we need people for what I call these ‘new-collar’ jobs,” LaHood said by phone, differentiating them from white- or blue-collar work. “You need some training, you need some experience, you need some educational skills to put you in that