Posted: Tuesday, June 8, 2021
Media Contact: RVC Public Relations, 815-921-4510
Event Date: Thursday, June 10, 2021
The Rock Valley College Workforce Equity Initiative (WEI) program will hold a graduation ceremony on Thursday, June 10, 2021 for graduates of the WEI program. The ceremony will be at 3 pm at RVC’s Stenstrom Center for Career Education.
In September 2019 Rock Valley College was awarded a WEI grant of $1.5 million to serve 150 participants (by June 2020) and in November 2020 was awarded $1.2 million to serve 109 participants (by October 2021) from the Illinois Community College Board (ICCB) to serve low-income, minority persons within the College’s district that are currently underserved and underemployed. WEI programs at RVC, include Truck Driver Training, Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Operation, Cold Forming, and Industrial Welding from grant 1 and Truck Driver Training, Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Operation, Dental Assisting, Mobile Application Development, and Industrial Maintenance Technician for grant 2. WEI provides participants with stipends to cover the cost of tuition, fees and materials for courses required to complete the identified short-term certificate. Participants are also provided with wrap-around support services, such as life and career coaching and financial support for transportation and child care, addressing their individual needs to be successful in completing educational requirements and securing post-completion employment. Thursday’s graduation ceremony will celebrate the program’s graduates.