State picks downstate community colleges over IVCC for manufacturing academy

Photo Gov. J.B. Pritzker

OGLESBY – Governor J.B. Pritzker announced that the $15 million manufacturing academy investment for the state would be going to two community colleges downstate instead of IVCC.  Despite strong support for the Central Illinois Manufacturing Academy with three other community colleges, Illinois Valley Community College’s proposal was not selected by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.   Awarded $7.5 million each were Southwestern Illinois College in the Metro East and Heartland Community College.   The Bloomington area Heartland was selected in part due to its proximity to the factory for electric truck company Rivian.

“Although we are disappointed, the collegial process of pulling everyone and everything together was very worthwhile. I have no doubt parts of our plan will move forward one way or another,” IVCC President Jerry Corcoran said.