What We Do


The Building Illinois’ Bioeconomy Consortium strives for the development of a well-trained quality workforce by merging the collective strengths and resources of each partner school with a network of committed regional employers. At the core of the consortium’s mission is transforming the workforce to create a talent pipeline and meet industry needs through educational programs leading to bioeconomy careers


The BIB Consortium has created clear pathways to bioeconomy jobs by:

 Providing specialized training in the fields of:


Converting organic matter (like corn) or waste into products that we use every day, like fuels or plastics


A form of bioprocessing focused on turning organic matter (like corn or food waste) into fuel

Process Maintenance

The operation behind any manufacturing facility, including both machine and computer process systems

Water Management

Treatment of waste or drinking water in a government or private facility, as well as in agriculture watersheds

 Restoration Ecology

The preservation and restoration of natural environments (like forests and plains)

Integrative Studies

Business, marketing, HR, communications, accounting and other professional positions needed to support bio-based industries

 leafOffering multiple training options for certificates, two year and four year degrees 

 leafOffering the ability for students to build upon certificates and two-year degrees to continue their education

 leafProviding enrolled students with support from career counselors who guide them through their program of choice and help them get a job

 leafOffering advanced online and technology enabled learning

 leafOffering several programs that allow students to enroll anytime during the year