Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker came to Southwestern Illinois College (SWIC) on Wednesday, Jan. 16, to sign an executive order designed to strengthen workforce training in the state.
“We’re going to make sure we get the most bang out of our buck with our workforce development dollars so that every part of our state is fully embracing innovative strategies that lead to good jobs for our residents,” Pritzker said before a crowd of dignitaries, students, and staff that packed the lobby of the Liberal Arts Building.
According to Gov. Pritzer, the order calls for a report to identify targeted growth industries, review of how effective and efficient state and federal investment is in growing industries, and make recommendations on improving alignment of workforce resources in disenfranchised communities. The report has to be completed in 90 days by the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.
SWIC President Nick Mance was on hand as were state Sens. Christopher Belt, D-Cahokia, Paul Schimpf, R-Waterloo, Rachelle Aud Crowe, D-Glen Carbon, and state Reps. LaToya Greenwood, D-East St. Louis, and Jerry Costello II, D-Smithton, and St. Clair County’s Workforce Development Group Coordinator Rick Stubblefield.
In an interview with the Belleville News-Democrat, SWIC President Nance said, ““The governor is here today to make a strong statement about his commitment to the whole state of Illinois. Gov. Pritzker is making southern Illinois, and our economy here a top priority in his administration.”