WHY DOES EFFINGHAM COUNTY NEED ERCA
The Effingham Regional Career Academy provides an innovative outlet through which educators and employers inspire students to pursue training for high-demand careers in the regional workforce. Creating targeted educational opportunities and a pipeline of skilled individuals for area employers will positively impact future access to a skilled workforce, and our region’s agility in adapting to forthcoming industry trends.
WHERE WILL THE ERCA BE LOCATED?
The Lake Land College Board of Trustees has agreed to proceed with a $14 million capital campaign to construct the Rural Technology Development Center to house the Effingham Regional Career Academy. Our goal is to have this facility completed and operational by Fall of 2024.
Construction of the Rural Technology Development Center will be funded by Lake Land College. The Effingham Regional Career Academy will soon be seeking financial support to equip the Academy with state of the art equipment and a strong technology infrastructure. Additionally, business leaders and technical experts are needed to serve on Board and career pathway advisory committees
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Funding Support Committee
Programs and Curriculum Committee
Workforce Readiness Committee
Media Relations Committee
Adult Learner Committee
WHAT IS EFFINGHAM REGIONAL CAREER ACADEMY
The Effingham Regional Career Academy (ERCA), a public/private partnership between business, education, and the community, teaches skills and knowledge needed in the current and future job market. Its mission is to attract, retain and grow area businesses by providing sustainable pathways to high skill, high demand careers for high school students, adult learners, and incumbent workers.
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BENEFITS OF ERCA
- Enhance workforce availability with expanded career and technical skills.
- Inspire business development and expansion through access to a skilled workforce.
- Establish career pathways for high school students, incumbent workers, and adult students.
- Highly flexible training space that is adaptive to evolving industry needs.
- Upskilling incumbent workforce for career advancement opportunities.
The Lake Land College Board of Trustees has demonstrated support for an 8-year master facilities plan calling for the construction of the Rural Technology Development Center in Effingham. The anticipated 36,000 square-foot facility will serve as a permanent home for the Effingham Regional Career Academy. The following goals have been targeted for completion by Fall of 2024.