Who We Are

About UsBuilding Illinois bio economy (BIB) is a consortium comprising five college institutions in Illinois;

  • Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE)
  • Lewis and Clark Community College (L&C) in Godfrey
  • Lincoln Land Community College (LLCC) in Springfield
  • Carl Sandburg College (CSC) in Galesburg
  • Southeastern Illinois College (SIC) in Harrisburg

In adherence with the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) initiative, BIB was awarded a grant of about 10 million dollars by the US department of labor to create a platform that would connect veterans, TAA-eligible workers, unemployed persons, underserved minorities, and rural workers with employers that directly contribute to Illinois and the nation’s economic and environmental sustainability.

We offer opportunities to meet the needs of individuals seeking training and assistance in job placement by providing highly specialized training programs in the areas of bioprocessing, process maintenance and water management. We also collaborate with several industry and workforce partners to equip students with the required skills to be productive and excel in a competitive workforce.


The building Illinois bio economy consortium (BIB) is committed to the development of a well-trained quality workforce by merging the collective strengths and resources of each partner school with a network of committed employers. At the core of BIB consortium’s mission is to transform the workforce to meet industry needs, thereby connecting TAA eligible workers, veterans and other unemployed adults with likely employers.


About Us

The BIB consortium will accomplish the goal of establishing a transformative series of career pathways by;

  1. Providing specialized training in the field of bioprocessing, process maintenance and water management.
  2. Offering multiple pathway options that consist of short-term certificate, intermediate term certificate, associate degrees and four year degree programs.
  3. Providing enrolled students with support, career coaches and guidance to ease their transition to the workforce.
  4. Working closely with industry partners to create a well-trained quality workforce capable of competing in a global arena.
  5. Connecting participants with likely employers on program completion.