The Thornton Township Academy of Truck and Diesel Technology – Powered by Navistar recently attracted the attention of one of Cook County’s top political leaders.
Toni Preckwinkle, president of the Cook County Board, toured the program on June 1, 2015.
The visit included students, parents, faculty and staff.
Preckwinkle learned that once students complete this program, they become certified diesel technicians by the time they graduate from high school. This certification allows them to apply for much needed and good paying jobs in this field.
Following the tour, Preckwinkle explained that the program at Thornton Township Academy, in partnership with Navistar, is an example of the type of workforce partnerships we looking to form throughout Cook County. These programs matter because if we are going to grow our economy, we need to partner with businesses to train a workforce with the skills needed for today’s jobs.
Preckwinkle was joined by Michael Jasso, Bureau Chief, Cook County Bureau of Economic Development and Ray Bentley, Chief Program Officer, Chicago-Cook Workforce Partnership.