University of Illinois opens new education center focused on keeping people safe through winter
CHAMPAIGN-- A new training center at the University of Illinois is aimed at providing training for workers in order to provide weatherization for low income residence is now open.
The new 6,700 square foot Indoor Climate Research and Training Center will provide classroom space and hands-on areas that include props for trainees completing the 10 week Weatherization Training and Certification Program at the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center.
Graduates of the program will assist the nearly 20,000 residents who qualify for the Home Weatherization Assistance Program by making sure their homes are sealed for winter. They provide attic and wall insulation, air sealing, furnace repairs or replacements, and window and door work.
Funding for the training center was provided by the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and the Illinois Jobs Now! capital construction program.