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November 12, 2021

 

 
 
ICF  
 

Applications are being accepted by the Illinois Conservation Foundation (ICF) for the 2022 Conservation Achievement Scholarship program. The ICF annually awards scholarships to outstanding high school seniors in Illinois who demonstrate effective, voluntary, long-term dedication to the preservation, protection or enhancement of the state’s natural resources. Four scholarships of $2,000 each are available for the current school year. One of the scholarships is earmarked for a qualified applicant who is a dependent of a current employee of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. "The ICF Conservation Achievement Scholarship program rewards high school students interested in conservation stewardship, encouraging them to focus their studies on enhancing and protecting our natural resources,” said Colleen Callahan, chair of the Illinois Conservation Foundation Board of Directors and director of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

The ICF Conservation Achievement Scholarships have been awarded since 2005. Applicants must be an Illinois resident and a senior in an Illinois high school. Applications must be received by the ICF by March 1, 2022. See details at www.ilconservation.org. Contact the Illinois Conservation Foundation at 217-785-2003 or info@ilconservation.org for more information or to make a donation to support the Conservation Achievement Scholarship program.

 

 
 
  Apprenticeship Illinois
 

National Apprenticeship Week (NAW), November 15-19, 2021, is a nationwide celebration that brings together business and labor leaders, career seekers, educational institutions, and critical partners to demonstrate their support for apprenticeships. Apprenticeship Illinois is celebrating Apprenticeship Week by hosting a range of events, in-person and virtually, and amplifying local and regional celebrations of apprenticeships. This week provides apprenticeship sponsors the opportunity to showcase their programs, facilities, and apprentices in their community. It provides those curious about apprenticeships a way to learn about the benefits that come from learning and earning. The week-long celebration highlights the benefits of apprenticeships in preparing a highly skilled workforce to meet the talent needs of Illinois employers across diverse industries. For more information, visit Apprenticeship Illinois.

 

 
 
IDOT  
 

The Illinois Department of Transportation will host a series of free virtual workshops, called Building Blocks of Success, for firms interested in participating in the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise program, strengthening their skills and bidding on state projects. The introductory workshop is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 16, at 10 a.m. Additional workshop dates and topics are: Nov. 30, 10 a.m. to noon: Financial Statements; Dec. 1, 10 a.m. to noon: Job/Project Costing & Work-in-Progress Schedule; Dec. 2, 10 a.m. to noon: Budgets; and Dec. 16, 10 a.m. to noon: Contract Compliance Documentation. Future topics include financing, QuickBooks training, estimating and bidding, insurance, management, steps needed to be certified as a DBE firm and more. Workshop information, including dates and times, is available through Eventbrite at bit.ly/DBEworkshops. Registration is required. For more information on becoming a certified DBE and learning more about IDOT resources, visit www.idot.illinois.gov/dbe.

 

 
 
  Broadband
 

Illinois Extension’s Local Government Education program is hosting four webinars in November to provide communities with knowledge and resources for community-driven broadband development. On November 5, 12, and 19, the Illinois Office of Broadband will present a three-part program to introduce local government leaders and staff to a key component of the community-driven broadband expansion process: integration of broadband consultant support. Other subjects to be covered include application processes, planning, public-private partnerships, and current and pending funding opportunities. On November 16, technology experts with the Benton Institute for Broadband and Society will cover access by highlighting various technologies with a focus on fiber optic and fixed wireless networks. This session will be the first in a three-part series on broadband access, adoption, and use. For more information, visit Illinois Extension’s Community Broadband website.

 

 
 

UPCOMING EVENTS

November 12 - Illinois Office of Broadband: Application Processes, Planning, and Preparation (Pt 2)

November 16 - Illinois Connected Communities Series: Broadband Access (Pt 1)

November 19 - Illinois Office of Broadband: Application Processes, Planning, and Preparation (Pt 3)

 
 
 
 
 

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