CAIC Awards Grants for KCC Students

In the photo (left to right): Paul Carlson, dean of Kankakee Community College Business, Technology & Human Services Division; Sheri Cagle, KCC vice president for academic affairs; Michael Batilaran, immediate past board chair of Calumet Area Industrial Commission; Michael Boyd, Ph.D., KCC president; Ted Stalnos, CAIC President & CEO; Craig Schmidt, CAIC vice president of talent development; and Mark Anderson, KCC director of manufacturing training.

Did you know that Kankakee Community College is offering a grant program to help serve unemployed and underemployed individuals? The One Workforce Grant Program, which is designed to assist those in manufacturing-related fields, is currently being utilized by a total of 82 Kankakee Community College students. Covered under the program for eligible students is tuition, textbooks, hand tools, materials, personal protective equipment, and other class fees. The program, which is being offered in partnership with Calumet Area Industrial Commission, allocated more than $181,000 in various fees for students between August 2021 and December 2022. 

Those interested in being a part of the grant program must be current KCC students pursuing manufacturing-based certificates or associate’s degrees, including welding, machine tool, electrical technology, manufacturing technology, and industrial maintenance. To learn more about The One Workforce Grant Program, prospective students may submit an information request at or may contact Mark Anderson, KCC director of manufacturing training, at