Submit your business’s letter of support for ERCA. We are applying for a grant from the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity. Letters of support from local businesses and manufacturers are essential for ERCA to secure this grant.

What do you need to do? Download the business letter of support template, enter your business information, and why your business supports ERCA.

Letters of support can be emailed Kellie Niemerg ( and are needed no later than Friday, January 22, 2021

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Why Does Effingham County Need ERCA

The Effingham Regional Career Academy provides an innovative outlet through which educators and employers inspire students to pursue training for high demand careers in the regional workforce. Creating targeted educational opportunities and a pipeline of skilled individuals for area employers will positively impact future access to a skilled workforce, and our region’s agility in adapting to forthcoming industry trends.

Where will the ERCA be located?

The Lake Land College Board of Trustees has agreed to proceed with a $14 million capital campaign to construct the Rural Technology Development Center to house the Effingham Regional Career Academy. Our goal is to have this facility completed and operational by 2023.

Volunteer with ERCA

Join a committee today!
  • Operations Committee
  • Funding Support Committee
  • Programs and Curriculum Committee
  • Workforce Readiness Committee
  • Media Relations Committee

If you would like to volunteer or donate please contact Norma Lansing, Effingham County Chamber of Commerce, at (217) 342-4147.

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What Is Effingham Regional Career Academy

The Effingham Regional Career Academy (ERCA), a public/private partnership between business, education and the community, teaches skills and knowledge needed in the current and future job market. Its mission is to attract, retain and grow area businesses by providing sustainable pathways to high skill, high demand careers for high school students, adult learners and incumbent workers.

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The Lake Land College Board of Trustees has demonstrated support for an 8-year master facilities plan calling for the construction of the Rural Technology Development Center in Effingham. The anticipated 36,000 square-foot facility will serve as a permanent home for the Effingham Regional Career Academy. The following goals have been targeted for completion by 2023

ERCA Goals for 2023

Goal 1:
ERCA facility completed and operational
Goal 2:
Five total ERCA career pathways and associated courses shared across Effingham County school districts, in addition to available incumbent worker and adult student programs
Goal 3:
A total of 150 district high school students participating in the ERCA programs
Goal 4:
Integration of partner programs into the ERCA, including CEO, CTEC, and Health Occupations, where possible.

Benefits of ERCA

  •   Enhance workforce availability with expanded career and technical skills.
  •   Inspire business development and expansion through access to a skilled workforce.
  •   Establish career pathways for high school students, incumbent workers, and adult students.
  •   Highly flexible training space that is adaptive to evolving industry needs.
  •   Upskilling incumbent workforce for career advancement opportunities.