DECATUR, Ill. – In an effort to help local residents to pursue in-demand training for a career in technology, computer and data science, state Rep. Sue Scherer, D-Decatur, is encouraging interested individuals to apply to the state’s new workforce pipeline program.

“The state is making a concerted effort to educate the technology and data workers it needs to deliver the government that the people demand,” said Scherer. “Instead of trying to compete with the private sector, the state is making the bold decision to organically grow its own workforce.”

The Illinois Department of Innovation and Technology (DoIT) is launching a first of its kind paid tech trainee program in partnership with Harold Washington College and Lincoln Land Community College. Participants will receive education, work experience and a salary of at least $54,000. The first cohort will consist of 20 individuals. Lincoln Land Community College will host an informational session and recruitment event on Tuesday, Nov. 7 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Kreher Building. Applicants should apply online at and send any questions to

“The skills demanded by high-tech jobs are incredibly important, and they will continue to become more important over time,” said Scherer. “This is just the latest example of the state’s bold investment in building a 21st century workforce that is capable of handling the challenges of the future. This is an incredible opportunity for anyone who applies.”


Rep. Sue SchererRep. Sue Scherer

96th District

Springfield Office:
E-2 Stratton Office Building
Springfield, IL 62706
(217) 524-0353
(217) 524-0354 FAX

District Office:
1301 E. Mound Rd.
Suite 270
Decatur, IL 62526
(217) 877-9636
(217) 877-9659 FAX