Rock Valley College

Workforce Equity Initiative

The RVC Workforce Equity Initiative (WEI) grant will serve approximately 150 participants with a focus on improving workforce equity in at-risk communities within Rock Valley College’s district.  

Participants in this initiative will be provided short-term educational opportunities that will lead to employment specifically in the sectors of:

The RVC-WEI initiative will provide you with stipends to cover the cost of tuition, fees and materials for courses required to complete the identified short-term certificate. You will also be provided with wrap-around support services, such as life and career coaching and financial support for transportation and child care, addressing your individual needs to be successful in completing educational requirements and securing post-completion employment.


  • At least 60% of participating students will be African American
  • At least 75% of participants will successfully complete identified program of study within the accelerated time frame
  • At least 75% of participants will successfully complete life-skills training addressing the Illinois Essential Employability Skills (e.g., STU 103: Workplace Ethics and Job Readiness)
  • At least 60% of participants will continue within the field in which they prepared at the end of their program by either being employed in a full-time job at least 30% above the regional living wage or by being registered for continued training/education


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