Who We Are

The work of the Building Illinois’ Bioeconomy Consortium is made possible through the collaboration and leveraging of resources of an array of collaborating organizations, including the postsecondary education institutions that have partnered for the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career (TAACCCT) grant which supports the Consortium as well as an array of additional employer, industry, workforce and economic development, governmental, and nonprofit stakeholders.

Education Partnersmap

The BIB Consortium spans across the state of Illinois, comprising one university and four community colleges which collaborate towards offering flexible programs, with options for stackable credentials, leading to bioeconomy careers.

BIB Consortium partner schools include:

small leaf Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE)

SIUE leads the Consortium and provides all-encompassing experiential learning in Bioprocess and Water Management, at the National Corn-to-Ethanol Research Center (NCERC) and the Environmental Resources Training Center (ERTC) as well as the possibility of articulating Associate of Applied Science degrees into an innovative Bachelor’s degree in Integrative Studies.

small leaf Lewis and Clark Community College (L&C) in Godfrey

Through the BIB partnership, L&C has enhanced its Process Operations Technology program with bioprocess career pathways and has strengthened its Restauration Ecology program teaching students to maintain and manage sustainable environments.

small leaf Southeastern Illinois College (SIC) in Harrisburg

Through BIB, SIC has expanded its Bioenergy program to offer credentials with online, self-paced, and rolling enrollment options, leading to jobs in the biofuels industry and connected sectors.

small leaf Lincoln Land Community College (LLCC) in Springfield

Through the TAACCCT grant, LLCC has been enabled to provide training for careers in agricultural watershed, landscape, and turf conservation and management.

small leaf Carl Sandburg College (CS) in Galesburg

Through the Consortium, Carl Sandburg College has created and expanded two-year degrees and certificates in Bioprocess and Process Maintenance.