EAST PEORIA — Illinois Central College will announce details of a new solar energy job training program at a press conference next week.

The community college was recently awarded a $1 million grant to develop the program, Rita Ali, vice president of diversity and community impact, told board members during a brief meeting Thursday.

ICC is one of four organizations throughout the state selected to create the job-training programs. The grant, funded by Illinois’ Future Energy Jobs Act, will be used to train 120 people as solar installers. Ex-offenders and the chronically-unemployed are among the groups that will receive priority during the application process.

Tri-County Urban League, Heaven’s View Christian Fellowship Church and Illinois Peoples’ Action are among the program's partners. 

ICC trustees also discussed a new bidding process for hiring an auditing firm. Under new legal guidelines, institutions are no longer legally required to change auditing firms every three to five years. The current firm, Clifton Larson Allen, will be able to bid for the college’s auditing services. Trustees will vote on the new process at the January meeting.

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