October 15, 2017

Duckworth Tours Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters Apprentice and Training Program Center


[ELK GROVE VILLAGE, IL] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) toured the Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters Apprentice and Training Center and highlighted the importance of technical education and apprenticeship programs. The Center's training program helps individuals develop basic technical skills to prepare them for the workforce and also offers advanced professional development classes for members of the Chicago Regional Council. A photo of the tour is available here.

"The Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters Apprentice and Training Program helps hardworking people get the education and technical experience they need to obtain good-paying jobs throughout the state," Duckworth said. "Programs like this are essential to the strengthening our state's economy and workforce."

Since arriving in the Senate, Duckworth has prioritized supporting working families across Illinois by increasing access to jobs and opportunity. Her efforts to support workforce development programs, education programs and investing in infrastructure are all part of her work to revitalize the economies and communities throughout the state.

In March, Senator Duckworth reintroduced the Community College to Career Fund (CC2C) Act with Senator Al Franken (D-MN). This legislation would create a competitive grant program that encourages public-private partnerships to develop curriculum, support internships and create-job training programs to give students skills to succeed in fields like healthcare, advanced manufacturing, clean energy and information technology. In the House, Duckworth introduced the Career and Technical Education (CTE) Opportunity Act to help reduce the burden of student loan debt while closing the "skills gap" by removing antiquated eligibility restrictions that prevent students enrolled in many CTE programs from receiving federal student aid.