EDWARDSVILLE — The Building Illinois’ Bioeconomy Project Launch event scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 17, at the National Corn-to-Ethanol Research Center at SIUE has been canceled due to scheduling conflicts, and will be rescheduled at a later date.
The Department of Labor awarded a $9.95 million grant to SIUE in October 2014 as part of the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training initiative. The grant provides funding for the Building Illinois’ Bioeconomy consortium, which includes five Illinois institutions: SIUE, Lewis and Clark Community College, Lincoln Land Community College in Springfield, Carl Sandburg College in Galesburg and Southeastern Illinois College in Harrisburg.
Students will get hands-on training at the NCERC at SIUE, a research center dedicated to the development and commercialization of biofuels and other renewable compounds. Students from LCCC’s Process Operations Technology program will utilize the pilot plant as a “micro-refinery” to gain hands-on training on critical unit operations used in the petroleum, ethanol and other PTEC industries.
The Building Illinois Bioeconomy consortium is entirely funded through a $10 million Department of Labor Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College Career Training grant.