Eastern Iowa Community Colleges Receive CNC Program Welding and Equipment Grant


STERLING, Ill. (KWQC) – Community colleges in eastern Iowa received a $787,620 grant on Tuesday for equipment to support welding technology and computer numerical control programs.

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration awarded the grant to expand and enhance programs offered at EICC’s Regional Career Academy campuses in Clinton and Maquoketa to train students for in-demand jobs , according to a press release.

According to the EDA, his investment will be matched with $196,905 in local funds.

“The Biden administration is committed to creating new workforce development opportunities across the country,” said Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development Alejandra Y. Castillo. “This EDA investment will provide the equipment needed to expand the training programs that regional high school students and current and potential workforce members need to compete for workforce positions. qualified work in demand.”

The EDA-funded East-Central Intergovernmental Association brings together the public and private sectors to create an economic development roadmap to strengthen the regional economy, support private capital investment and create jobs, according to the press release. This project was made possible through regional planning efforts led by the East Central Intergovernmental Association.

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