PHOTO: With the Peter Miller CTC as a backdrop,
USDA Illinois State Rural Development Director Colleen Callahan joins IVCC
President Jerry Corcoran to announce a $99,000 grant for the college’s wind
energy program Monday.
$99,000 USDA grant to fund wind equipment
2012: Illinois Valley Community College’s capital campaign for Peter Miller
Community Technology Center enhancement received a $99,000 infusion from a U.S.
Department of Agriculture grant Monday.
Using the CTC construction site as a backdrop, the
college announced the grant would fund key instructional pieces for its
renewable wind energy technicians program.
boom crane swung structural steel beams into place and masons laid cement
blocks for elevator shafts, USDA Illinois State Rural Development Director
Colleen Callahan commented, “That’s the sound of progress.”
Making the official announcement, Callahan said, “USDA
Rural Development is a lender helping make possibilities possible. Today we see
a possibility becoming a reality. Williams Jennings Bryan once said, ‘What lies
behind us and what lies before us are tiny
matters compared to what lies within us.’”
are proud to partner with IVCC in developing a high tech workforce needed to
power our country toward energy independence,” she said.
President Jerry Corcoran credited Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs
Sue Isermann, Vice President for Business Services and Finance Cheryl Roelfsema
and assistant to the president on special projects Reed Wilson for playing
major roles in acquiring the grant.
are convinced the new Peter Miller Community Technology Center will provide the
Illinois Valley with a major economic development tool,” said Corcoran. “Prospective
companies will be impressed by the affordable, flexible and high-quality
training facilities available to their employees and current Illinois Valley
companies will be encouraged to hire our well trained graduates.”
demand for wind energy training, one of nine career programs going into the CTC
in January 2014, has exceeded IVCC’s current capacity. Specifically, the grant
will help purchase two pieces of training equipment: a Nacelle wind turbine
system with power generation control and an electric pitch hub system.
state-of-the-art equipment this grant is helping fund will prepare students to
fill the current need for trained wind energy technicians as another 400 to 500
wind turbines are constructed in the area,” said Callahan.
applied for by the IVCC Foundation, was made available through the Rural
Business Enterprise Grant (RBEG) program.
“This is rural, this
is business, and this is enterprising,” said Callahan.