Education and job training program for youth expanded

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois officials are expanding a program that provides training for young people who face barriers to traditional paths to education, training and employment.

The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity announced last week that applications for funding the expansion are available on the agency’s website.

The Youth Career Pathways program is open to people aged 16-24 who face difficulties that might slow their progress toward a career.