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1    AN ACT concerning State government.
2    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
3represented in the General Assembly:
4    Section 5. The Department of Veterans' Affairs Act is
5amended by adding Section 16 as follows:
6    (20 ILCS 2805/16 new)
7    Sec. 16. SkillBridge program. Subject to appropriation for
8this purpose, the Department shall serve as the State's
9principal assistance organization under the United States
10Department of Defense's SkillBridge program for employers and
11transitioning service members. As the State's principal
12assistance organization under the United States Department of
13Defense's SkillBridge program for qualified businesses in this
14State and for transitioning service members who reside in, or
15who wish to reside in, this State, the Department shall:
16        (1) establish and maintain, as applicable, its
17    certification for the SkillBridge program or any other
18    similar workforce training and transition programs
19    established by the United States Department of Defense;
20        (2) educate businesses, business associations, and
21    transitioning service members regarding the SkillBridge
22    program and its benefits, and educate military command and
23    personnel within the State on the opportunities available



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1    to transitioning service members through the SkillBridge
2    program;
3        (3) assist businesses in obtaining approval for
4    skilled workforce training curricula under the SkillBridge
5    program, including, but not limited to, apprenticeships,
6    internships, or fellowships; and
7        (4) match transitioning service members who are deemed
8    eligible for SkillBridge participation by their military
9    command with training opportunities offered by
10    participating businesses, with the intent of having
11    transitioning service members achieve gainful employment
12    in this State upon completion of their SkillBridge
13    training.
14    The Department may adopt any rules necessary to implement
15this Section.