Workforce Development in Illinois

What about an educated workforce?

The population has the skills needed to help businesses succeed. Nearly one-half of the state's 6 million workers are professionals, skilled technicians, craftspeople or machine operators. Almost 11.3 percent are employed in manufacturing.  Illinois workers are well educated. 56% with education beyond high school.

The Northwestern Connection

The science at NuMat Technologies, Flexterra and Exicure was developed at Northwestern University in Evanston and Chicago.  Northwestern companies bring to the park technology solutions such as Spherical Nucleic Acid (SNA™) constructs, nanotechnology, and solution-processable functional materials.   

Other companies leverage the Northwestern Connection through recruitment of scientists and expert continuing education programs.  According to U.S News and World Report, Northwestern has the #2 program in materials, #3 program in manufacturing, and the top marketing program in the U.S.

Need specific training for your business?

There are 14 Community Colleges in the Chicago area that offer customized job training, professional continuing education and entrepreneurship training.

Illinois community colleges provide comprehensive, market-driven services based on local employer needs. Colleges can analyze an organization's needs and offer in-depth assessments of the entire organization. Training is delivered at the workplace, on campus, or on-line.

What kind of academic leadership is available?

Illinois boasts 209 degree-granting institutions. Many Illinois institutions have world-class reputations. U.S. News and World Report's 2008 rankings of National Universities - Doctoral (schools with a wide range of undergraduate and graduate programs that often emphasize research) included three Illinois universities among the top 40: the University of Chicago (9th) Northwestern (14th), and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (38th).