U.S. Senator Dick Durbin, Waubonsee Community College President Christine Sobek, and FONA Director of Technology and Innovation Robert Sobel visited the college’s downtown Aurora, Ill., campus Sept. 25 to announce a $2.8 million grant that allows the college to serve displaced community residents through new programs for adult education and laboratory technician training through partnerships with area businesses, including FONA International.
Sobel and FONA Human Resources Director Tonya Hubbart partnered with Waubonsee to identify this opportunity for a laboratory technology program that will prepare students for jobs at FONA, including Laboratory Support, Laboratory Technician, and Senior Laboratory Technician. FONA will participate in curriculum development and serve on the advisory panel.
The grant making these programs possible is part of the U.S. Dept. of Labor’s Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) initiative, which promotes skills development and employment opportunities in fields such as advanced manufacturing, transportation, and healthcare, as well as science, technology, engineering, and math careers through partnerships between training providers and local employers.
“Education is a key part of FONA culture, so we are proud to partner with Waubonsee on this new program that will better enable them to work as an academic liaison to the industry, supporting the needs of the Fox Valley technology corridor,” said Sobel.