040722CM0718UNIVERSITY PARK – Governors State University will receive $450,000 for workforce recovery efforts as part of a $20 million state investment with support from State Senator Patrick Joyce.

“During my time in the General Assembly, I have been a strong advocate for more resources for job training so that our upcoming workforce has the means to be successful,” said Joyce (D-Essex). “This grant will provide GSU students with additional opportunities.”

A total of 44 community-based organizations will receive Job Training and Economic Development Program grants, which aim to expand access to workforce training services and support for unemployed or underemployed Illinois citizens.

The JTED program also supports industries that have struggled with labor shortages due to the COVID-19 pandemic by offering training focused on the hardest hit sectors such as construction or IT.

According to Governors State University President Dr. Cheryl Green, many of their students are first generation, minority and often underrepresented. As a regional economic engine, this investment in students is also an investment in the region and will serve as a catalyst not only to job growth but equitable employment opportunities in Illinois.

“Governors State University is grateful to Governor Pritzker and the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity for recognizing that funding for the JTED program specifically targets the majority of GSU students,” said Green. “We thank Governor Pritzker for his continued support of Governors State University and the success of our students. We would also like to thank and acknowledge GSU’s State Senator, Patrick Joyce. His support of the this year’s budget helped make possible grants like this and other critical funding to organizations that are working to help the citizens of Illinois.“

For a complete list of recipients or for more information about JTED, visit DCEO’s website.