Willis Moves To Create Business-Education Partnerships

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Businesses that enter job-training partnerships with community colleges would be eligible for a tax credit under a proposal co-sponsored by state Rep. Kathleen Willis (D-Addison).

“For Illinois to compete economically on the national and international stage, we need a skilled workforce that is knowledgeable about occupations in demand,” said Willis. “This bill will bring business and higher education together to collaborate on creating the workforce of tomorrow.”

Businesses would be able to collaborate with local community colleges and vocational schools to develop specific coursework, educational programs, and curriculum focused primarily on the skills required within an industry. Businesses would be benefit beyond the tax credit as they are actively participating in free employee training and development, while community colleges would benefit due to the increased post-education of their students, which would drive demand for admission to their institution. Advocates such as the Illinois College Community Board state increased hiring and workforce development would result from the new law within specific regions in the state.

“Economic recovery occurs through bringing different invested parties together to collaborate for job creation,” said Willis. “This bill is a good step in developing win-win scenarios for all parties by brining education and business together to tackle some of the biggest challenges facing Illinois.”

Willis is serving her second term in the Illinois General Assembly as State Representative of the 77th District, which includes O’Hare Airport and portions of Addison, Bellwood, Bensenville, Franklin Park, Maywood, Melrose Park, Northlake, Stone Park, and Wood Dale.