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Applicants Sought in New Manufacturing Job Training Program






The Workforce Connection in Rockford, Belvidere and Freeport and the Illinois workNet Center in DeKalb are seeking applications for a new job-training program in manufacturing.

The Accelerated Training for Illinois Manufacturing (ATIM) grant covers four counties in northern Illinois — Winnebago, Boone, Stephenson and DeKalb — integrating classroom/lab-based and work-based training for 133 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 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.

Counselors will be available to answer questions about the program from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, Dec. 17, at The Workforce Connection, third floor of 303 N. Main St., Rockford.



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