Illinois apprenticeship program expanding, will support 17k participants

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Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced an expansion to the apprenticeship program on Tuesday.

The objective is to protect jobs in Illinois, as well as create new ones.

The $20 million apprenticeship program will support up to 17,000 participants in 2020, which is a record number for the state.

The program collaborates with community colleges, non-profits and large corporations.

Pritzker hopes to equip participants with job experience to ultimately create a better future for themselves.