6.9 million. That is the number of job openings reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics at the end of July 2018. While this is good news for the economy, experts are concerned that there are more job openings than job seekers as many of those jobs will remain vacant due to a skills gap.
To meet this challenge, Elgin Community College launched two new apprenticeship programs in fall 2018 designed to connect students with local employers for a customized workforce development strategy. Apprenticeships offer students the opportunity to earn while they learn. It is a commitment that yields a significant return on investment for the student and employer.
Turn to page 7 of to learn about ECC’s Industrial Maintenance Apprenticeship Program offered through a partnership with the Industry Consortium for Advanced Technical Training (ICATT), the leading apprenticeship program provider in the Midwest, and our new basic nurse assistant (BNA) certificate apprenticeship. These two programs pave the way for innovation and promising opportunities that invigorate our mission.
Upon completion, students graduate with no debt—tuition is covered by their employers—and full-time careers with benefits await them. Apprentices earn an average starting salary of more than $50,000 per year, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.
Guaranteed employment is always worthy of a celebration.
As we celebrate the 50th anniversaries of ECC’s Dental Assisting Program and our Rho Kappa Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, we want you to know it is never too late to change careers or chart a new one.
Now is the time: We’ll save a seat for you.