Workforce Equity Initiative

The Workforce Equity Initiative (WEI) is a grant program sponsored by the Illinois Community College Board (ICCB). The purpose of the WEI grant is to accelerate the time for African American students to enter and succeed in post-secondary education/training programs that lead to employment in high skilled, high wage, and in-demand occupations. The primary deliverable of this grant is employment after completion of the credential aligned with regional workforce gaps that provides a full-time job paying at least 30% above the regional living wage or is on a pathway to a family sustaining wage.

The WEI program provides tuition-free training in high-demand fields to help participants secure a full-time career in less than one year. In addition to free tuition and books, the WEI grant program provides the following supportive services:

  • Job training and skills development 
  • Job placement assistance
  • Employability skills development
  • Industry-recognized credential support
  • Employer connections
  • Other services to address barriers to completion

The WEI grant program addresses high-demand careers, targeting the unemployed, underemployed and African American adults from 11 designated communities within the Triton College district. Residents of Bellwood, Broadview, Elmwood Park, Forest Park, Hillside, Maywood, Melrose Park, Oak Park, River Grove, Rosemont and Stone Park are encouraged to apply. If you reside outside of the 11 towns, please contact the WEI staff for individual eligibility.

Please take a few minutes to watch the WEI introductory video that will provide you with an overall summary of the Workforce Equity Initiative grant and participant requirements.

VIDEO COMING SOON!

For additional information, please email us at  wei@triton.edu.


Programs

Cannabis Vocational

Carpentry

Computer Technician

Dental Assistant

EKG Technician

Greenhouse Grow Operations

Medical Billing and Coding

Network Associate (CCNA)

Nursing Assistant (CNA)

Pharmacy Technician

Phlebotomy

Plumbing

Welding

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WEI Application

To become eligible for the grant opportunity, applicants must submit an application. Please block out 30 minutes of your time to complete the WEI application. Once the WEI team receives the application, you will be contacted to discuss next steps. 

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COVID-19 Safety Precautions & Requirements

In response to the State of Illinois Executive Order 2021-20, all higher education students and staff must have proof of full vaccination or undergo weekly testing. Face coverings are required for everyone in all campus buildings and in any shared spaces regardless of vaccination status. Triton’s operations and maintenance teams are hard at work maintaining thorough and routine cleaning and disinfecting of surfaces, and equipment in alignment with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, federal, state, and local guidelines.

For more information about Triton’s COVID-19 safety precautions, please Click HERE.

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COVID-19 Safety Precautions & Requirements

We will be hosting virtual information sessions later this month. Please check back soon.

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FAFSA Information

Please click on the FAFSA link only after you have been instructed to do so by a WEI representative. There will be assistance available for those who require it when completing.

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Contact Information

Milly Gardasevic
Completion & Transition Specialist
Office:
D-222
Phone: (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3064
Email: milicagardasevic@triton.edu

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