CHICAGO HEIGHTS, Ill. – Following the advocacy of state Rep. Anthony DeLuca, D-Chicago Heights, the Bethel Family Resource Center is in line to receive a $400,000 grant as part of the Illinois Works Pre-Apprenticeship Program.

“This grant is going to help local residents on their career path, and is an investment in the people of our area,” DeLuca said. “This kind of skilled training helps to better position residents to attain good paying, steady jobs that are in demand.”

The Bethel Family Resource Center grant is part of a $13 million expansion of the Illinois Works Pre-Apprenticeship Program, which aims to increase diversity in the building trades by providing training for underrepresented populations. Upon finishing the program, pre-apprentices receive industry aligned certifications to help prepare and qualify them to continue a registered apprenticeship program in one of the trades.

The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity has additional information on the program at

Additional information about the Chicago Heights-based Bethel Family Resource Center can be found at


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