Info session on free job training in manufacturing set for Jan. 20

Online Staff Report

The Workforce Connection has scheduled an information session next week for individuals interested in learning about free job training in manufacturing.

The session will be at the Regional Design Center, 315 N. Main St., in Rockford, at 1 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 20.

The Accelerated Training for Illinois Manufacturing (ATIM) program covers four counties in northern Illinois — Winnebago, Boone, Stephenson and DeKalb — integrating classroom/lab-based and work-based training for more than 100 participants.

The grant will target several high-demand areas in manufacturing, including machine operator; industrial machinery service and repair; computer-controlled machine tool operators; welding; A & P mechanics; and assemblers.

Applications to participate in this program are being accepted online through Illinois workNet at There is a link to the application available at The Workforce Connection website at

Unemployed workers laid off from previous positions and adults meeting income guidelines are eligible for the program. More information about eligibility is available on the application website.

The Northern Illinois Workforce Alliance, in partnership with the City of Rockford, has been awarded a $1.2 million grant from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity to provide accelerated training in manufacturing tailored to the specific needs of area employers. The program will include bridge programs, work experience assignments and internships, as well as on-the-job training contracts.

Posted Jan. 16, 2015

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