The Greater Sterling area is committed to creating educational and training programs designed to meet the specific needs of area employers. And we also offer a number of resources that can help developing businesses get on the right track.

Workforce Council
•    Consortium of business, educational and government leaders
•    Run by the Sauk Valley Community College (SVCC)
•    Networking opportunities and a chance to better understand the training/development needs of local companies

Contact Mary Lou Kidder at SVCC for more information, 815-288-5511, ext. 358

Corporate Training
•    Existing certificate/degree programs at SVCC can be delivered at your facility or at the college
•    Custom programs can also be developed to meet a company’s specific training needs


Contact Gerry Harrington at SVCC for more information 815-288-5511, ext.302

Recruitment Pre-Screening
Sauk Valley is your local resource for the WorkKeys® on-line testing tool
•    Efficient prospect testing
•    Helps ensure better employee matches
•    Saves your staff time, effort and money


Contact Gerry Harrington at SVCC for more information 815-288-5511, ext.302

NEW programs at SVCC
To meet growing marketplace and local industry demand, SVCC has recently made some exciting additions to its course offerings.

•    Wind Turbine Maintenance Program

•     Basic and Advanced Wind Energy Certificates

•    Helping meet the expanding needs of this increasingly popular energy source

•    Welding Program

•    Provides skills and training needed to meet the needs of local fabricators/manufacturers

To learn more visit the Sauk Valley Community College site at

Small Business Development Center (SBDC)
The SBDC can help small business owners in five critical areas:

For more information contact
Michelle Miller 815-288-5511, ext. 320
Sauk Valley Community College


Brian Borger  815-599-3654
Highland Community College