Illinois has received a $100,000 grant to better prepare students for careers in high-skill, in-demand industries. Illinois is one of 24 states to be awarded grants through the New Skills for Youth initiative.
JPMorgan Chase started the $75 million, five-year program to increase economic opportunities for young people.
Illinois State Board of Education officials say that nationwide, only half of young people have post-secondary credentials that allow them to compete for a good-paying job by age 25.
State Superintendent of Education Tony Smith says the programs give students “hands-on experience that can translate to a high-paying career.”
Illinois has been working to identify areas where skilled workers are needed, such as manufacturing, and to provide education at the high school and community college level.